‘oncology healthcare professionals’ knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding young carers’ 

Author(s): Justin, Pauline; Dorard, Géraldine; Baudry, Valentine; Untas, Aurélie
Publisher: Patient Education and Counseling
Year Published: 2022
Resource type: Peer Reviewed Research Article


This article investigates how young carers that support a relative with cancer are perceived and
supported by health professionals in France. Thirty-one oncology professionals in France were recruited and participated in interviews that explored their knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to young carers. Findings indicated that almost all oncology health professionals had previous interactions with young carers; however, most oncology health professionals minimized the presence and frequency of young carers and viewed the support young carers provide as minimal and undemanding. Additionally, findings demonstrated that oncology health professionals mentioned several ways to support young carers; however, few health professionals were implementing these ideas and most focused on the barriers to supporting
young carers.

Citation: Justin, P., Dorard, G., Baudry, V., & Untas, A. (2022). Oncology healthcare professionals’
knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding young carers. Patient Education and
Counseling, 105(7), 2524–2530. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2022.01.014

Keywords: Cancer; Healthcare; Oncology; Professionals’ awareness; Support; Young carers

Where the data was collected: France