Unmet Supportive Care Needs of General Cancer in Kurdistan Region- Iraq


  • Ezaddin Kamal Mahmod 1, Saadia Ahmed Khuder2




Cancer patient, Supportive Care Needs, Kurdistan region


Background: Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells.

Objective: The study aims to to determine the SCNs of cancer patients in Iraq.

Methodology: The present cross-sectional study and data was conducted in Rezgary teaching and Nankaly

Oncology Hospital in the Kurdistan Federal Region of Iraq. A total of 300 eligible cancer patients were

invited to participate in the study from February to August, 2018. Eligibility criteria included: 18 years or

above; having a defifinite diagnosis of any type of cancer; physically or mentally able to participate in the

study; and being aware of exact diagnosis for at least three months.

Results: In 15 items of the SCNs, more than 60% of the participants reported that their needs were unmet.

Most frequently, unmet needs were related to health system and information, physical and daily living,

psychological, and patient care and support domains, and most met needs were related to physical and daily

activity domains.

Conclusions: Kurdish cancer patients had many unmet needs and there is a need for establishing additional

supportive care services and educational programs to increase quality of life in Kurdistan Region- Iraq.

Author Biography

Ezaddin Kamal Mahmod 1, Saadia Ahmed Khuder2

1 Assist. Lecturer, 2 Prof. Dr., College of Nursing and Midwifery, Hawler Medical University, Erbil, Kurdistan

Region- Iraq




How to Cite

Ezaddin Kamal Mahmod 1, Saadia Ahmed Khuder2. (2020). Unmet Supportive Care Needs of General Cancer in Kurdistan Region- Iraq. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 14(3), 1623–1628. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v14i3.10646