Patient views of transport for cancer treatment

Gill Hubbard, Roma Maguire, Lisa Kidd, Nora Kearney, Alex Hilliam

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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 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 ).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-395
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Oncology Nursing
Issue number5
Early online date15 Jun 2006
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006


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