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Table 3 Level of need for supportive care under five domains

From: The supportive care needs of women experiencing gynaecological cancer: a Western Australian cross-sectional study

Supportive Care Need Level of need for help n (%)
No need Low Mod High
Health System and Information Needs Domain
 Being given written information about the important aspects of your care 124 (36) 74 (22) 68 (20) 77 (22)
 Being given information (written diagrams, drawings) about aspects of managing your illness and side-effects at home 125 (36) 78 (23) 65 (19) 75 (22)
 Being given explanation of those tests for which you would like explanations 109 (32) 75 (22) 76 (22) 83 (24)
 Being adequately informed about the benefits and side-effects of treatments before you choose to have them 115 (34) 57 (17) 69 (20) 102 (30)
 Being informed about your test results as soon as feasible 100 (29) 55 (16) 61 (18) 127 (37)
 Being informed about cancer which is under control or diminishing (that is, remission) 109 (32) 60 (17) 61 (18) 113 (33)
 Being informed about things you can do to help yourself to get well 125 (36) 53 (15) 76 (22) 89 (26)
 Having access to professional counselling (e.g., psychologist, social worker, counsellor, nurse specialist) if you, family or friends need it 147 (43) 59 (17) 61 (18) 76 (22)
 Being treated like a person not just another case 122 (36) 43 (13) 68 (20) 110 (32)
 Being treated in a hospital or clinic that is as physically pleasant as possible 118 (34) 58 (17) 70 (20) 97 (28)
 Having one member of hospital staff with whom you can talk about all aspects of your condition, treatment and follow-up 132 (38) 57 (17) 66 (19) 88 (26)
Psychological Needs Domain
 Anxiety 121 (35) 77 (22) 99 (29) 46 (13)
 Feeling down or depressed 129 (38) 91 (27) 92 (27) 31 (9)
 Feelings of sadness 137 (40) 97 (28) 77 (22) 32 (9)
 Fears about the cancer spreading 72 (21) 87 (25) 98 (29) 86 (25)
 Worry that the results of treatment are beyond your control 125 (36) 92 (27) 79 (23) 47 (14)
 Accepting changes in your appearance 186 (54) 76 (22) 53 (15) 28 (8)
 Uncertainty about the future 118 (34) 84 (24) 88 (26) 53 (15)
 Learning to feel in control of your situation 157 (46) 81 (24) 72 (21) 33 (10)
 Keeping a positive outlook 164 (48) 63 (18) 73 (21) 43 (13)
 Feelings about death or dying 169 (49) 84 (24) 57 (17) 33 (10)
 Concerns about the worries of those close to you 126 (37) 72 (21) 90 (26) 55 (16)
Sexuality Needs Domain
 Changes in your ability to have sexual intercourse 189 (55) 43 (13) 54 (16) 57 (17)
 Changes in sexual feelings 178 (52) 53 (15) 61 (18) 51 (15)
 Changes in your sexual relationships 198 (58) 46 (13) 55 (16) 44 (13)
 To be given information about sexual relationships 211 (62) 50 (15) 37 (11) 45 (13)
 Concerns about fulfilling your role as a partner 199 (58) 49 (14) 53 (15) 42 (12)
Physical and Daily Living Needs Domain
 Pain 168 (49) 86 (25) 50 (15) 39 (11)
 Lack of energy/tiredness 122 (36) 69 (20) 92 (27) 60 (17)
 Feeling unwell a lot of the time 176 (51) 79 (23) 53 (15) 35 (10)
 Work around the house 196 (57) 63 (18) 60 (17) 24 (7)
 Not being able to do the things you used to do 166 (48) 78 (23) 60 (17) 39 (11)
Patient Care and Support Needs Domain
 More choice about which cancer specialists you see 208 (61) 66 (19) 38 (11) 31 (9)
 More choice about which hospital you attend 213 (62) 60 (17) 42 (12) 28 (8)
 Reassurance by health professionals that the way you feel is normal 155 (45) 69 (20) 70 (20) 49 (14)
 Hospital staff attending to your physical needs 155 (45) 68 (20) 61 (18) 59 (17)
 Hospital staff acknowledging, and showing sensitivity to, your feelings and emotional needs 124 (36) 59 (17) 65 (19) 95 (28)