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Patient preferences for duration and planning of diagnosis and start of treatment in cancer : a quantitative study

Vechte, L.E. van der (2016) Patient preferences for duration and planning of diagnosis and start of treatment in cancer : a quantitative study.

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Abstract:This study aims to assess patient preferences for duration and planning of diagnosis and start of treatment in cancer. Post-operative breast and colorectal cancer patients from Ziekenhuisgroep Twente and Slingeland Ziekenhuis were invited to fill in a questionnaire, which makes use of Best Worse Scaling (BWS). Logistic regression is used to identify predictors for preferences regarding rapid diagnostics. Conditional logistic regression is used to analyse the BWS data. Subgroup analyses were performed for the variables type of cancer, age and work situation. 81 patients filled in the questionnaire. It can be concluded that breast and colorectal cancer patients are willing to make concessions in order to get their diagnosis on the same day as when medical examinations take place and to get their treatment proposal as soon as possible. These concessions are traveling longer, having conversations with the professional who is available and having as much as possible medical examinations on one day. Important differences between patients groups are that breast cancer patients have a stronger preference for rapid diagnostics than colorectal cancer patients and patients who are 64 years or younger are more willing to travel longer for a faster diagnosis than patients who are 65 or older.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:TNW: Science and Technology
Subject:44 medicine, 77 psychology, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Health Sciences MSc (66851)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/69121
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