Close, but still too far: the experience of Australian people with cancer commuting from a regional to a capital city for radiotherapy treatment

Hegney, Desley and Pearce, Susanne and Rogers-Clark, Cath and Martin-McDonald, Kristine and Buikstra, Elizabeth (2005) Close, but still too far: the experience of Australian people with cancer commuting from a regional to a capital city for radiotherapy treatment. European Journal of Cancer Care, 14 (1). pp. 75-82. ISSN 0961-5423

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This paper reports the findings of a study undertaken in November 2001 on the experiences of 17 rural people from the regional city of Toowoomba who had been diagnosed with cancer and were required to travel to the capital city of Queensland (Brisbane) for radiotherapy. The interviews were tape recorded; the recordings were transcribed verbatim and analysed for emergent themes and subthemes, following verification by the participants that the transcription was a true record of their experience. The major themes that arose from the study were (1) the burden of travel; (2) the difficulties of living in accommodation that is not one's own home; (3) the financial burden caused by the need to relocate or travel to and from Brisbane; (4) the lack of closeness to family and friends; (5) and feelings of being a burden on others. The findings suggest that at a time of stress, an increasing burden is placed on cancer clients and their families if they are required to travel for radiotherapy. Health professionals who read the results of this study should be aware of the isolation of rural people who have to live in an unfamiliar environment at a time of great stress. Support mechanisms should be put into place in these referral centres to deal with these stressors.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Copyright 2005 Blackwell Publishing. This is an electronic version of an article published in European Journal of Cancer Care, as published in the print edition of the Journal. The published version is available via Blackwell's Synergy. Print ISSN 0961-5423.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:19
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2015 06:04
Uncontrolled Keywords: cancer; radiotherapy; rural people; medical travel; commuting
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1112 Oncology and Carcinogenesis > 111208 Radiation Therapy
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2005.00525.x

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