Demographic characteristics of patients using a fully integrated psychosocial support service for cancer patients

Sharp, DM, Walker, MB, Bateman, JS, Braid, F, Hebblewhite, C, Hope, T, Lines, M, Walker, AA and Walker, LG (2009) Demographic characteristics of patients using a fully integrated psychosocial support service for cancer patients. BMC Research Notes, 2. ISSN 1756-0500

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Abstract

Background: Psychosocial support services are an important component of modern cancer treatment. A major challenge for all psychosocial services is the achievement of equity of use. Previous studies in the UK have found that women of higher socio-economic status with breast cancer were over-represented amongst those accessing support services. People with other cancer diagnoses, those from socio-economically deprived areas, and men, were under-represented. Findings: The Oncology Health Service, Kingston Upon Hull, UK, delivers fully integrated psychosocial support and interventions. To assess equity of access in this service, a cross-sectional study of all patients with cancer accessing the service during a 5 day period was carried out. One hundred and forty-five patients attended. Forty four percent were male, and the types of cancer were broadly in the proportions expected on the basis of population prevalence (breast cancer 22%, colorectal cancer 21%, lung cancer 16%). Sixty six percent came from the three most deprived quintiles of the Townsend deprivation Index. Conclusions: The fully integrated Oncology Health Service in Hull is accessed by a more diverse range of patients than previously reported for other services, and is an example of a model of service by which socially equitable use of psychosocial support in the National Health Service might be achieved.

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Additional Information: © Sharp et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009 This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://​creativecommons.​org/​licenses/​by/​2.​0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Allied Health Professions
Depositing User: Rhiannon Harvey
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2011 16:06
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 04:36
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/29647
DOI: 10.1186/1756-0500-2-253

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