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The impact of travel on cancer patient's experiences of treatment : a literature review.

Payne, Sheila and Jarrett, Nicola and Jeffs, D. (2000) The impact of travel on cancer patient's experiences of treatment : a literature review. European Journal of Cancer Care, 9 (4). pp. 197-203. ISSN 0961-5423

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Abstract

This literature review aims to identify the impact of travel on cancer patients' experiences of treatment. With centralization of cancer services, patients may have to travel considerable distances from their homes and families, to receive specialist cancer treatment. Centralization of cancer services may have advantages in terms of concentrating clinical expertise, enhancing the range of ancillary facilities and rationalising the provision of expensive specialist equipment, but it is not known to what extent patients are affected by additional travel and the prospect of separation from their social networks. A systematic literature search using MEDLINE, SSCI, SOCA and PSYCHLIT, identified 11 relevant studies from six countries. The review showed a paucity of research on the implications of receiving cancer treatment far from home. Most studies can be criticised on methodological grounds. The evidence that travel distance and difficulty increases psychological distress, and reduces compliance with treatment and take up of treatment is largely inconclusive. However, travel to cancer treatment is described as inconvenient and a practical hardship for many patients. It may be perceived, or experienced as, a barrier to treatment. Future studies should evaluate the impact of travel to treatment on quality of life and perceived social support.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Cancer Care
Uncontrolled Keywords: cancer • travel times • distance
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 32554
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 29 Mar 2010 10:26
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2013 11:08
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/32554

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