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Serena Phillips:

Sarah Raskin:

Francesca Gany:

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Objective: To identify consequences of unmet housing needs in the period following cancer diagnosis.

Design: Qualitative descriptive design. Participants: New York City-based cancer patients and survivors (n=21) who reported experience of unmet housing needs while receiving cancer treatment. Key informants (n=9) with relevant expertise (e.g. oncology social workers).

Methods: One-time semi-structured telephone or in-person interviews were conducted with all participants. Inductive thematic coding was conducted using a pragmatic paradigm.

Findings: Four categories of consequences emerged: 1) cancer management and health (rest and recovery, illness/injury risk, medical care); 2) psychological (stress and anxiety, lack of control and independence, self-esteem/pride, sadness/depression, cancer coping); 3) social (relationships, consequences for others, isolation); and 4) standard of functional living.

Conclusion: The simultaneous experience of cancer and unmet housing needs is broadly burdensome.

Implications for Psychosocial Providers: Screening and resources for addressing unmet housing needs must be prioritized to holistically care for patients.


Author accepted manuscript version of an article published by Taylor & Francis in:

Phillips, Serena, Sarah E. Raskin, Cherise Harrington, Darla Bishop, and Francesca Gany. 2022. “‘Like Pouring Salt in a Wound’: A Qualitative Exploration of the Consequences of Unmet Housing Needs for Cancer Patients and Survivors in New York City.” Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, October, 1–23.


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