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Study of cancer care inequalities needs your help

Published 20/11/2015

I AM looking for your help in publicising an important research study relating to health inequalities in the cancer care of vulnerable adults.

People with serious mental illness tend to be more severely affected by physical illness. Queen's University Belfast is conducting research across Northern Ireland with people who have experienced a diagnosis of mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression, and have also been diagnosed with cancer.

We would like to talk to patients in this situation and any relatives and friends who have supported them.

Our aim is to explore the reasons why people with a mental illness tend to have worse cancer outcomes than people who do not have a mental illness.

We want to learn more about the support provided to patients and carers to improve care for people with mental illness and cancer.

Taking part in this study provides an opportunity for these individuals to have their voice heard.

By carrying out this research, we can make use of their knowledge and experiences in order to make recommendations to improve services. Interviews will be kept confidential.

Names will only be known to the person who arranges the interview and the person who conducts it.

Participants must be over 18 years of age to take part.

If anyone would like to take part, or knows someone who might, please contact James Millman (registered nurse and PhD student) on 028 9097 5761 or email: jmillman01@qub.ac.uk.

The research team also includes Dr Karen Galway, Dr Joanne Reid and Dr Olinda Santin who are based at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast.

James Millman

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