Article

Patient views of transport for cancer treatment

Citation

Hubbard G, Maguire R, Kidd L, Kearney N & Hilliam A (2006) Patient views of transport for cancer treatment. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 10 (5), pp. 391-395. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/14623889; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejon.2006.01.008

Abstract
There is a dearth of research on patients’ experiences of transport and travelling for treatment but the little that has been conducted shows that some patients experience difficulties. A recent study by Macmillan Cancer Support (formerly Macmillan Cancer Relief) carried out in England, highlighted that the financial costs of hospital travel and parking are perceived as problems by patients with cancer when travelling for their treatment (Allirajah et al., 2005). Two American studies have also highlighted the financial costs associated with transportation. Guidry et al., 1997 J.J. Guidry, L.A. Aday, D. Zhang and R.J. Winn, Transportation as a barrier to cancer treatment, Cancer Practice 5 (1997) (6), pp. 361–366. View Record in Scopus | Cited By in Scopus (37)Guidry et al. (1997) showed that availability and affordability of transport was perceived as a barrier to the uptake of treatments, whilst Bryan et al. (1991) identified that these barriers were particularly significant for socio-economically disadvantaged groups. Furthermore, a small scale study on patients’ experiences of radiotherapy in Canada identified that arranging transport in which to travel to the cancer centre occupied considerable time however, this was not explored in any detail (Hinds and Moyer, 1997).

Keywords
transport; cancer; treatment; travel; Cancer Nursing; Cancer Social aspects; Cancer Treatment; Transportation

Journal
European Journal of Oncology Nursing: Volume 10, Issue 5

StatusPublished
Publication date31/12/2006
Publication date online13/06/2006
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/1283
PublisherElsevier
Publisher URLhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/14623889
ISSN1462-3889