Using mixed methods, we are investigating the patterns of care of Indigenous people with cancer in the primary health care setting.
Through in-depth interviews with health professionals we are exploring their perspectives about the follow up and coordination of care of Indigenous cancer patients between the sectors.
Similarly, through in-depth interviews with Indigenous people with cancer we are exploring their perspectives about their follow-up and ongoing management in the primary health care setting (e.g. access to allied health services) after their discharge from hospital. Through medical chart reviews at the primary health care centres, we are investigating the patterns of care of Indigenous cancer patients at the primary health care level to document follow-up practices (e.g. referral letters to and from hospitals and actions taken for cancer related presentations at the community health care centre for management of pain, side effects, lymphoedema, allied health services, palliative care etc.).
The main purpose of this study is to identify barriers to appropriate cancer care for Indigenous Australians, and therefore providing the necessary knowledge to subsequently intervene to reduce barriers. Without having this information compromises any attempts to reduce the observed inequalities among population groups.