A survey of prostate cancer patients’ perceptions of the support they receive during radical radiotherapy : is there room for improvement?

CLARKE, Hazel and BURKE, Gemma (2016). A survey of prostate cancer patients’ perceptions of the support they receive during radical radiotherapy : is there room for improvement? Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 15 (03), 239-246.

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Abstract

Aim: The aim of this study was to ascertain prostate cancer patients’ perceptions of the quality of physical and emotional support they receive as standard during their course of radiotherapy treatment. Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted on 13 patients undergoing radical radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer. Interviews were conducted between fractions 32 and 37 and data were analysed using the Giorgi method. Results: A number of themes emerged from the data including, interestingly, the value of patients’ place on the ‘waiting room support’ with 46% finding this to be a positive aspect of their experience. On the whole, patients felt well supported during their treatment by both radiographers and fellow patients. However, the results highlighted areas for further improvements, particularly around bowel and bladder preparation. Conclusions: This small single-centre study has highlighted the importance of good quality, timely information provision. Although patients were, for the most part very happy with the services they were being provided with, areas in need of development where also highlighted. If a more structured review process is to be further investigated then the role of the ‘review radiographer’ should be considered as part of this. The potential benefits of patient peer support is also worthy of further exploration.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: 10.1017/S1460396916000169
Depositing User: Margaret Boot
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2016 08:55
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2016 08:55
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13322

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