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Title: Patients' preferences for cancer follow-up
Author: Pietrucin-Materek, Marta
ISNI:       0000 0004 5358 3465
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2014
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Introduction As a result of the growing and ageing population in developed countries, improved cancer detection and advances in cancer treatments, there are more people living with cancer for longer. The rising number of cancer survivors and increasing demand for oncology services, has sparked interest in alternative ways of delivering cancer follow-up care. Although a number of alternative cancer follow-up strategies have been developed, information about the relative importance of different characteristics of follow-up and how people trade between these characteristics is still limited. Aims and objectives The overall aim of the thesis was to understand what characteristics (called attributes and levels) of cancer follow-up services are important to survivors of cutaneous melanoma, breast, prostate and colorectal cancer; whether people make trade-offs between these characteristics; and whether survivors of different cancers with different personal characteristics express different preferences for cancer follow-up care. The aim was met by a number of objectives: •To conduct a review of the literature to gather information about characteristics of follow-up that are important to people. • To conduct semi-structured qualitative interviews with cancer survivors living in North East Scotland, to determine their views of current care and preferences for future cancer follow-up. • Based on the findings from the literature and semi-structured interviews, to determine characteristics (attributes and levels) of cancer follow-up services for inclusion in a discrete choice experiment. • To develop and carry out a discrete choice experiment to establish the relative importance of a number of attributes of cancer follow-up amongst cancer survivors treated and followed up for cutaneous melanoma, breast, prostate and colorectal cancer.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Mearns Trust ; Friends of Anchor
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Cancer