Characterisation of Cancer Support and Rehabilitation Programmes: A Swedish Multiple Case Study



Linda Berg*, Margaretha Jenholt Nolbris, Ingalill Koinberg, Christina Melin-Johansson, Anders Möller, Joakim Öhlén
Institute of Health and Care Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, SE 40530, Sweden


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Abstract

Cancer support and rehabilitation are suggested to be an integral part of cancer care strategies. This study focuses on comparativeness of cancer support and rehabilitation programmes. The aim of this study was to analyse available cancer support and rehabilitation programmes in Sweden presented as complementary to cancer rehabilitation at cancer clinics. A multiple case study design was chosen in order to inquire the small number of existing supportive and rehabilitative cancer programmes. Based on the structures, processes and outcomes of the nine included programmes, three types of cancer support and rehabilitation programmes were identified: multimodal rehabilitation, comprehensive cancer support and art therapy. Cancer support and rehabilitation programmes offer a variety of activities and therapies which are highly valuable and relevant for people with cancer. The typology of cancer support and rehabilitation programmes and comparability between programmes need further inquiry.

Keywords: Cancer, cancer programme, case study, rehabilitation, support.