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Motives for using cancer counseling centers (MONUK) - the perspective of people seeking advice and referring physicians

The need for care in cancer counseling centers results not only from the frequency of psychosocial stress among patients and relatives, but also and especially from the special characteristics that characterize cancer counseling centers.

The main questions of this study are:

  •  What characterizes cancer counseling centers?
  •  What is the difference between cancer counseling centers and other outpatient care providers (e.g. psychotherapists in private practice, oncology specialists, self-help groups, other counseling providers)?


The perspective of the users, i.e. those seeking advice and referring patients, is crucial, because they make their decision for or against care facilities and thus determine the specific need.

In this qualitative multicenter study, we investigate the motives for using cancer counseling centers from the perspective of users and referring physicians.

Funding: Deutsche Krebshilfe e.V.

Partner: Universität Bielefeld, Fakultät für Gesundheitswissenschaften, Stiftungsprofessur Rehabilitationswissenschaften; Rehabilitative Versorgungsforschung

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