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dc.contributor.authorGasper, H
dc.contributor.authorAhern, E
dc.contributor.authorRoberts, N
dc.contributor.authorChan, B
dc.contributor.authorHughes, B
dc.contributor.authorKennedy, G
dc.contributor.authorWyld, D
dc.contributor.authorEastgate, M
dc.contributor.authorLwin, Z
dc.date.accessioned2021-06-03T00:29:33Z
dc.date.available2021-06-03T00:29:33Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.issn2044-6055en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1136/bmjopen-2020-044655en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/404891
dc.description.abstractIntroduction Sars-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 officially declared pandemic in March 2020. Health systems worldwide responded with swift changes to increase workflow capacity while protecting the vulnerable, including those with cancer. This led to unprecedented and rapid restructuring of health service provision. Published data from the 2003 SARS pandemic focuses on medical and nursing staff, overlooking other departmental employees such as administration officers or food service workers. Our protocol aims to document directives and adjustments communicated to staff in two cancer care departments and correlate this with measures of distress and perceived preparedness across the spectrum of all staff involved in cancer care. Methods and analysis We use a semiqualitative approach comprising weekly diarising of events and simultaneous staff surveys. Principal investigators will document changes at a metropolitan quaternary cancer centre and a regional cancer centre. Communications, directives and changes will be diarised in real time in four executional domains. Simultaneously, prospective voluntary self-administered online surveys will be conducted at regular intervals by staff. The survey assesses the perceived institutional preparedness and personal well-being, with a combination of Likert scaled and open response questions. A semiquantitative self-assessment of distress adapted from National Comprehensive Cancer Network distress thermometer is incorporated. Additionally, open-text personal reflections on themes including difficult decisions will be invited. Survey participants will be drawn from various work areas of the cancer care departments: administrative staff, health professionals, for example, allied health, ancillary workers, nursing and medical. Ethics and dissemination The study has been reviewed and approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee (LNR/2020/QRBW/62982). Published literature on domains of distress neglects categories of healthcare worker who form an essential part of the care delivery team. Our study hopes to gather insights about psychosocial impact and adjustment which could direct responses in future emergencies.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherBMJen_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrome044655en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue5en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalBMJ Openen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume11en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchClinical Sciencesen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPublic Health and Health Servicesen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchOther Medical and Health Sciencesen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1103en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1117en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1199en_US
dc.subject.keywordsCOVID-19en_US
dc.subject.keywordshealth services administration & managementen_US
dc.subject.keywordsoncologyen_US
dc.subject.keywordsorganisation of health servicesen_US
dc.subject.keywordsquality in health careen_US
dc.titleSemiqualitative research protocol to explore cancer care workforce perceptions of the health system response to COVID-19 preparations in Southeast Queensland, Australiaen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articlesen_US
dcterms.bibliographicCitationGasper, H; Ahern, E; Roberts, N; Chan, B; Hughes, B; Kennedy, G; Wyld, D; Eastgate, M; Lwin, Z, Semiqualitative research protocol to explore cancer care workforce perceptions of the health system response to COVID-19 preparations in Southeast Queensland, Australia, BMJ Open, 2021, 11 (5), pp. e044655en_US
dcterms.licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en_US
dc.date.updated2021-06-01T23:18:10Z
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gro.rights.copyright© Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2021. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en_US
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