No turning back’ Psycho-oncology in the time of COVID-19: Insights from a survey of UK professionals

Stephanie Archer, Patricia Holch, Jo Armes, Lynn Calman, Claire Foster, Sarah Gelcich, Sara MacLennan, Kate Absolom*

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Key points
To gain insight on UK professionals' experiences and views of the impact of the COVID‐19 pandemic on psycho‐oncology activity, the British Psychosocial Oncology Society (BPOS) conducted an online survey of members and UK colleagues
Qualitative data from 94 respondents were analysed thematically. Key themes were summarised using the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) framework
Professionals reported severe disruptions in delivering clinical and supportive care to people affected by cancer and associated research activity. There were major concerns that the full impact of the pandemic is yet to be realised.
In both care and research settings, the pandemic has also been an impetus for positive changes in working practices, technology adoption, reducing process barriers and fostering collaborations which has to potential to be sustained.
To mitigate ongoing challenges, is it vital that cancer organisations work together to adapt and promote psycho‐oncology activity to maximise benefit for patients and professionals in the longer‐term.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1430-1435
Number of pages6
Issue number9
Early online date7 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020


  • cancer
  • coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Psycho-Oncology
  • research
  • survey methodology
  • United Kingdom


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