An inventory of psychosocial oncological interventions in The Netherlands: identifying availability, gaps, and overlap in care provision

Evelien R. Spelten, Chantal R. M. Lammens, Vivian Engelen, Saskia F. A. Duijts

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Purpose: While a wide range of psychosocial oncological (PO) interventions has been developed, a systematic overview of interventions to inform patients, care providers, as well as researchers, policy makers and health insurers, is lacking. The aims of this paper were (1) to describe the attainment of this overview, which may be used in other jurisdictions and for other health conditions and (2) to reflect on what determines developments in this field. Methods: Dutch researchers and care providers were invited to describe PO-interventions they apply in research or clinical practice. Selection criteria for what constituted a PO-intervention were determined. The input was organized in 12 predefined categories (e.g. physical functioning, genetics). Findings: Sixty-six PO-interventions were included in the overview. Two major categories were psychosocial functioning (24%) and physical functioning and recovery (24%). Interventions are mostly directed at adults (65%) and not aimed at a specific type of cancer (61%). Nearly 25% of the interventions lacked scientific underpinning. Conclusions: This paper provides an overview of Dutch PO-interventions and input on what drives their development. The categorizing method can be used in other jurisdictions and for other health care conditions. A next step would be to investigate the effectiveness and evidence of PO-interventions. Implications for Psychosocial Providers and Policy: The open access overview of interventions provides referral information for care providers. By identifying possible gaps and overlap, the overview looks at possible drivers behind developments in this field which will be of interest to policy makers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-62
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of psychosocial oncology
Issue number1
Early online date5 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2020


  • cancer
  • health care utilization
  • knowledge translation
  • needs assessment
  • psychosocial support systems psychosocial oncology

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