• Cancers 
  • General practice 
  • Mental health 
  • Primary care 

Location:  Health Sciences Building Herston

Type of student:  Both PhD/MPhil & Volunteer


For cancer patients, the transition from secondary to primary care is associated with increased psychological distress. Many problems such as depression only manifest when cancer treatment has ended and the GP becomes the first point of contact again. Hence, a large proportion of psychosocial care for cancer survivors will inevitably be the responsibility of the GP.


To conduct a systematic literature review on the role of GPs in psychosocial care for cancer survivors.


We are in the process of searching Medline, Embase, PsycINFO, Cochrane Library, and CINAHL databases. Two independent reviewers are performing the search, quality appraisal, and data extraction.

Despite numerous trials on psychosocial interventions in cancer patients, a preliminary search yielded only three trials that included active involvement of the GP. Therefore, we will broaden our search and summarise the evidence on the GPs’ involvement in psychosocial care for cancer patients on three domains:

1) the views of patients and healthcare professionals (qualitative studies)

2) the size of the problem and the services that are being provided (observational quantitate studies)

3) effectiveness of interventions (clinical trials). Final searches and preliminary insights will be presented at the symposium.

Description of activities for the student:

The student will be required to assist in all phases of the study. This means that the student will work closely with the supervisor and assist in assessing papers for eligibility, select studies for inclusion, perform data extraction and statistical analyses in Revman software (if possible), and reporting.



Dr Laura Deckx

Dr Laura Deckx

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Primary Care Clinical Unit