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Implications of social isolation during cancer treatment : the implications of residence away from home during cancer treatment on patients' experiences : a comparative study.

Payne, Sheila and Jarrett, Nicola and Jeffs, D. and Brown, L. (2001) Implications of social isolation during cancer treatment : the implications of residence away from home during cancer treatment on patients' experiences : a comparative study. Health and Place, 7 (4). pp. 273-282. ISSN 1353-8292

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Abstract

With the centralisation and specialisation of cancer services, patients may have to travel considerable distances and stay away from their homes during treatment. This paper describes a comparative study that sought to identify the effects on patients of receiving chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy away from their homes, families and social support networks. Eighty four cancer patients treated in Southampton (42 from Guernsey and 42 from Southampton) agreed to participate in a structured interview and a standardised measure of social support. There were few differences in terms of satisfaction with services between Guernsey patients who stayed away from home during treatment and Southampton patients who lived at home. Counter-intuitively, Guernsey patients perceived themselves to have better social support.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Health and Place
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cancer ; Social support ; Distance
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 32561
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 29 Mar 2010 11:52
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2013 08:20
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/32561

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