The Patient’s perspective: A review of the results from a radiotherapy patient experience survey in the North-West of England by D Hutton

CONCLUSION: The results indicate that the majority of patients are satisfied with their treatment and care. Patients’ responses indicate areas for improvements. Expectancy theory states that an individual’s satisfaction is related to the difference between expected service and the service received. Consequently, when reviewing services and developing improvement it is important to understand patients’ expectations^(.) This regional survey starts to capture what people receiving radiotherapy…

Radiography (Lond). 2023 Mar 16:S1078-8174(23)00054-8. doi: 10.1016/j.radi.2023.02.019. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

INTRODUCTION: A patient experience survey was undertaken for patients completing radiotherapy at the three Northwest of England Radiotherapy Providers.

METHODS: A previously reported National Radiotherapy Patient Experience Survey was adapted and undertaken in the Northwest of England. Quantitative data was analysed to establish trends. Frequency distribution was applied to appraise the number of participants selecting each of the pre-determined responses. Thematic analysis of free text responses was conducted.

RESULTS: The questionnaire received 653 responses from the 3 providers across seven departments. Thematic analysis revealed 3 themes; logistics, information and operational.

CONCLUSION: The results indicate that the majority of patients are satisfied with their treatment and care. Patients’ responses indicate areas for improvements. Expectancy theory states that an individual’s satisfaction is related to the difference between expected service and the service received. Consequently, when reviewing services and developing improvement it is important to understand patients’ expectations. This regional survey starts to capture what people receiving radiotherapy expect from the service and the professionals delivering their treatment.

IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: This survey responses make a case for reviewing the information provision pre and post radiotherapy. This includes clarifying the understanding of consent for treatment including the intended benefits and potential late effects. There is an argument to offer information sessions prior to radiotherapy to achieve more relaxed and informed patients. A recommendation from this work is for the radiotherapy community undertake a national radiotherapy patient experience survey, facilitated via the 11 Radiotherapy ODNs. A national radiotherapy survey has multiple benefits to inform improvements in practice. This includes benchmarking services against national averages. This approach is aligned with the principles of the service specification in terms of reducing variation and increasing quality.

PMID:36934026 | DOI:10.1016/j.radi.2023.02.019

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