Table 2

SC statements and mean scores (presented in descending order)

SC statementsMean score
SC should be individualised to the patient4.88
SC aims to ensure the best possible quality of life for patients4.88
SC aims to optimise a patient's ability to function4.88
SC does not mean ‘no treatment’4.88
SC helps the patient cope with their illness and treatment of it4.85
SC helps the patient and their family cope with their illness and treatment of it4.81
SC should be offered during the follow-up phase4.77
SC aims to optimise patient comfort4.76
SC aims to control symptoms4.73
SC is the responsibility of all health and social care professionals4.73
SC helps the patient to live as well as possible with the effects of their disease4.73
SC is delivered by a multidisciplinary healthcare team4.69
SC should be offered during the treatment phase4.69
SC should be provided concurrent with management of the condition4.69
SC should be provided based upon patient-centred goals4.65
SC provision should meet a patient's cultural needs4.65
SC provision should be based upon an individual needs assessment4.62
SC is a right and necessity for all patients4.58
Elements of SC and palliative care overlap4.58
SC should aim to reduce the impact of disability4.58
The ultimate goal of SC is to ensure the best possible quality of life for patients, their families and their caregivers4.56
SC includes nutritional support4.54
SC should empower the patient4.54
SC does not aim to be curative4.54
SC may include pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions4.54
SC should ease the physical burden of the condition4.54
SC should ease the emotional burden of the condition4.54
SC is an adjunct to the management of patients at all stages of their illness4.54
SC includes non-medical services such as home care4.52
SC should be given equal priority alongside diagnosis and treatment4.5
SC aims to prevent complications that occur due to treatment of the condition4.5
SC does not mean simply conservative care4.5
SC eases emotional burden of patients and care givers4.5
SC should enable coping4.46
SC helps the patient to maximize the benefits of treatment4.46
SC encompasses issues of palliation4.46
SC is a whole-person approach taking into account the patient's past life experience and current situation4.46
SC includes practical help and benefits advice4.46
SC aims to meet a patient's psychosocial needs4.46
SC includes rehabilitation4.42
SC aims to meet a patient's physical needs4.38
SC aims to meet a patient's social needs4.38
SC should help patients to understand their illness4.38
SC aims to control symptoms that may occur as a direct result of the condition4.38
SC encompasses both the patient and those that matter to the patient4.38
SC aims to meet a patient's practical needs4.35
SC should be provided to carers4.35
SC should optimise patient understanding4.35
SC helps survivors with psychological problems4.35
SC should enhance health professional-patient communication4.31
SC aims to control symptoms that occur due to treatment of the condition4.31
SC extends to all chronic diseases4.31
SC alleviates symptoms and complications of disease4.31
SC extends to all chronic diseases and serious illness4.31
SC is intended to ease anxiety4.27
SC should be offered where possible from pre-diagnosis, through the process of diagnosis and treatment, to cure, continuing illness or death into bereavement4.27
SC statementsMean score
SC aims to prevent complications that occur as a result of a condition4.23
SC is not the same as end of life care4.23
SC includes issues of bereavement4.23
SC should inform patient decision making4.23
SC should be provided to family members4.23
SC should help patients to understand their treatment4.23
SC is the comprehensive medical, nursing and psychosocial help that the patients need besides specific therapy for their illness4.23
SC is intended to ease discomfort4.23
SC aims to meet a patient's information needs4.2
SC allows patients to tolerate and benefit from active therapy more easily4.19
SC includes professional counselling4.19
SC should be offered during the diagnostic phase4.15
SC aims to prevent complications4.15
SC should empower the patient's family4.15
SC aims to enhance rehabilitation4.15
SC includes self help4.15
SC aims to reduce morbidity and the toxicity of the disease and its therapy4.15
SC aims to improve general physical and mental health4.15
SC should be family-focused4.12
SC includes support groups4.12
SC is intended to enable an individual to draw upon their own strengths4.11
SC includes issues of survivorship4.08
SC encompasses user involvement4.08
SC is the prevention and management of the adverse effects of disease and its treatment4.08
SC should enable adaptation4.04
SC encompasses complementary therapies4.04
SC should ease the social burden of the condition4.04
SC aims to meet a patient's spiritual needs4
SC aims to treat the symptoms, not the condition3.85
SC aims to enhance survivorship3.85
SC includes financial support3.73
SC is a broad general concept bringing together all aspects of patient management that are not aimed at control of the illness3.69
SC is an umbrella term referring to interventions which supplement medical attempts to control or eradicate disease3.69
SC is not a distinct speciality3.65
SC aims to promote long-term survivorship3.6
SC should be available to patients during the pre-diagnostic phase3.58
SC validates the illness experience3.56
SC includes all aspects of patient and family care needs other than the process of diagnosis and treatments that have curative aims3.5
SC enhances secondary disease prevention3.27
SC is the active total care of patients whose condition is not responsive to curative treatment3
SC is the same as palliative care2.27
SC is the same as comfort care2.24
SC is the same as symptom management2.15
SC may be defined as non-medical care1.88
  • SC, supportive care.