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Identifying the supportive care needs of people affected by non-muscle invasive bladder cancer: an integrative systematic review.

Schubach, Kathryn; Niyonsenga, Theo; Turner, Murray; Paterson, Catherine


Kathryn Schubach

Theo Niyonsenga

Murray Turner

Catherine Paterson


To understand supportive care needs among people with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC). An integrative systematic review was reported using the Preformed Reporting Items for Systematic Review and Meta-analyses (PRISMA) guidelines. Seven electronic databases were searched for relevant studies, including all quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods studies, irrespective of research design. The review process was managed by Covidence systematic review software. Two reviewer authors independently performed data extraction using eligibility criteria. Quality appraisal was conducted, and a narrative synthesis was performed. A total of 1129 articles were screened, of which 21 studies met the inclusion criteria. The findings revealed that the frequency of supportive care needs reported by NMIBC participants included psychological/emotional (16/21:76%), physical (16/21:76%), practical (8/21:38%), interpersonal/intimacy (7/21:33%), family-related (7/21:33%), health system/information (5/21:23%), social (4/21:19%), patient-clinician communication (3/21:14%), spiritual (1/21:5%) and daily needs (1/21:5%). People affected by NMIBC experience anxiety, depression, uncertainty, and fear of recurrence. The physical symptoms reported included urinary issues, pain, sleeping disorders and fatigue. These supportive care needs persist throughout the participants' treatment trajectory and can impact their quality of life. Identifying supportive care needs within the NMIBC population will help inform future interventions to provide patient-centred care to promote optimal well-being and self-efficacy for people diagnosed with NMIBC.


SCHUBACH, K., NIYONSENGA, T., TURNER, M. and PATERSON, C. 2024. Identifying the supportive care needs of people affected by non-muscle invasive bladder cancer: n integrative systematic review. Journal of cancer survivorship [online], Online First. Available from:

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Feb 22, 2024
Online Publication Date Mar 23, 2024
Deposit Date Apr 5, 2024
Publicly Available Date Apr 5, 2024
Journal Journal of cancer survivorship
Print ISSN 1932-2259
Electronic ISSN 1932-2267
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Non-muscle invasive bladder cancer; Supportive care; Patient experience
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