Background. Nutrition care plays a critical role in the provision of best practice care to patients receiving treatment for head and neck cancer (HNC). Carers play an important role in supporting patients to maintain nutrition intake. Aim. To explore patient and carer experience of nutrition care from diagnosis of HNC and over a period of 1 year from treatment completion to identify areas for service improvement. Methods. A qualitative study design was used with a heterogeneous sample of 20 patients and 15 carers of patients undergoing curative intent treatment for HNC recruited from outpatient clinics of a tertiary hospital in Brisbane, Australia. Interviews conducted at four time points provided a total of 117 interview datasets that were analysed using reflexive thematic analysis. Results. Patient and carer experiences were reflected in two primary themes and nine subthemes including: (1) the battle to maintain control (health and nutrition beliefs, weight loss rollercoaster,...

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