Due to the increasing incidence and prevalence of neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), there is a need to assess any gaps in awareness and care. A survey was undertaken in 2017 to identify perceived unmet needs from the perspectives of patients/families, patient advocates and health care professionals (HCPs). The survey consisted of 33–37 questions (depending on type of respondent) across four areas: information, care, treatments and research. In total, 443 participants from 26 countries responded: 338 patients/families, 35 advocates and 70 HCPs. Perceived unmet needs regarding provision of information at diagnosis differed between groups. While 59% of HCPs believed they provided sufficient information, informational needs were mostly/fully met for only 30% of patients and 18% of advocates. Additionally, 91% of patients and 97% of advocates felt that patients had to search for information themselves. Availability of Gallium-68-Dotatate PET/CT scan was limited for the majority of patients (patients: 73%; advocates: 85%; HCP: 86%), as was access to treatments, particularly peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (patients: 42%; advocates: 95%; HCPs: 77%). All groups felt that standards of care, including psychological needs and diagnosis of mental health, were not fully met. Although about two-thirds of patients were managed by a multidisciplinary team, 14% of patients reportedly did not have enough contact. All groups supported more patient involvement in research; patients and advocates prioritized improvement in diagnosis and HCPs focused on clinical trials. This survey revealed significant unmet needs but differing perceptions regarding these among the groups. There is a need for investigation and collaboration to improve standards of care for NET patients.

Unmet needs in the international neuroendocrine tumor (NET) community: Assessment of major gaps from the perspective of patients, patient advocates and NET health care professionals / Leyden, S.; Kolarova, T.; Bouvier, C.; Caplin, M.; Conroy, S.; Davies, P.; Dureja, S.; Falconi, M.; Ferolla, P.; Fisher, G.; Goldstein, G.; Hicks, R. J.; Lawrence, B.; Majima, Y.; Metz, D. C.; O'Toole, D.; Ruszniewski, P.; Wiedenmann, B.; Hollander, R.. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CANCER. - ISSN 0020-7136. - 146:5(2020), pp. 1316-1323. [10.1002/ijc.32678]

Unmet needs in the international neuroendocrine tumor (NET) community: Assessment of major gaps from the perspective of patients, patient advocates and NET health care professionals

Falconi M.;
2020-01-01

Abstract

Due to the increasing incidence and prevalence of neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), there is a need to assess any gaps in awareness and care. A survey was undertaken in 2017 to identify perceived unmet needs from the perspectives of patients/families, patient advocates and health care professionals (HCPs). The survey consisted of 33–37 questions (depending on type of respondent) across four areas: information, care, treatments and research. In total, 443 participants from 26 countries responded: 338 patients/families, 35 advocates and 70 HCPs. Perceived unmet needs regarding provision of information at diagnosis differed between groups. While 59% of HCPs believed they provided sufficient information, informational needs were mostly/fully met for only 30% of patients and 18% of advocates. Additionally, 91% of patients and 97% of advocates felt that patients had to search for information themselves. Availability of Gallium-68-Dotatate PET/CT scan was limited for the majority of patients (patients: 73%; advocates: 85%; HCP: 86%), as was access to treatments, particularly peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (patients: 42%; advocates: 95%; HCPs: 77%). All groups felt that standards of care, including psychological needs and diagnosis of mental health, were not fully met. Although about two-thirds of patients were managed by a multidisciplinary team, 14% of patients reportedly did not have enough contact. All groups supported more patient involvement in research; patients and advocates prioritized improvement in diagnosis and HCPs focused on clinical trials. This survey revealed significant unmet needs but differing perceptions regarding these among the groups. There is a need for investigation and collaboration to improve standards of care for NET patients.
2020
neuroendocrine tumor
perspective
standards of care
survey
unmet needs
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