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Do cancer patients' psychosocial outcomes and perceptions of quality of care vary across radiation oncology treatment centres?

Authors


Mariko Carey, Research Fellow, Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle, Room 266, David Maddison Building, University Drive, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia (e-mail: mariko.carey@newcastle.edu.au).

Abstract

CAREY M., PAUL C., MACKENZIE L., SANSON-FISHER R. & CAMERON E. (2012) European Journal of Cancer Care21, 384–389

Do cancer patients' psychosocial outcomes and perceptions of quality of care vary across radiation oncology treatment centres?

This study aimed to explore whether rates of depression, and anxiety and patient views about quality of patient-centred care varied across four metropolitan radiation therapy treatment centres in Sydney, Australia. Participants were radiation therapy outpatients, aged 18 or older and English-speaking. Participants completed a brief survey by touch screen computer while waiting for their radiation therapy treatment appointment. For eight indicators of patient-centred care, participants were asked to indicate whether their well-being would have been improved by better care related to the indicator. Participants also completed the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. No differences between treatment centres were found for rates of anxiety and depression, or for the mean number of domains of care endorsed as needing improvement (indicated by agreeing or strongly agreeing that their well-being would have been improved by better care). The lack of variance in these outcomes may reflect that variation in treatment centre characteristics does not influence psychosocial outcomes and patient views of their care. Alternatively, it may suggest that the characteristics of the four treatment centres which participated in the present study were too similar for differences in patient outcomes to be observed.

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