Diagnostic route is associated with care satisfaction independently of tumour stage: Evidence from linked English Cancer Patient Experience Survey and cancer registration data
Pham, TM; Gomez-Cano, M; Salika, T; et al.Jardel, D; Abel, GA; Lyratzopoulos, G
Date: 30 May 2019
Background: Whether diagnostic route (e.g. emergency presentation) is associated with cancer care experience independently of tumour stage is unknown. Methods: We analysed data on 18 590 patients with breast, prostate, colon, lung, and rectal cancers who responded to the 2014 English Cancer Patient Experience Survey, linked to cancer ...
Background: Whether diagnostic route (e.g. emergency presentation) is associated with cancer care experience independently of tumour stage is unknown. Methods: We analysed data on 18 590 patients with breast, prostate, colon, lung, and rectal cancers who responded to the 2014 English Cancer Patient Experience Survey, linked to cancer registration data on diagnostic route and tumour stage at diagnosis. We estimated odds ratios (OR) of reporting a negative experience of overall cancer care by tumour stage and diagnostic route (crude and adjusted for patient characteristic and cancer site variables) and examined their interactions with cancer site. Results: After adjustment, the likelihood of reporting a negative experience was highest for emergency presenters and lowest for screening-detected patients with breast, colon, and rectal cancers (OR versus two-week-wait 1.51, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.24–1.83; 0.88, 95% CI 0.75–1.03, respectively). Patients with the most advanced stage were more likely to report a negative experience (OR stage IV versus I 1.37, 95% CI 1.15–1.62) with little confounding between stage and route, and no evidence for cancer-stage or cancer-route interactions. Conclusions: Though the extent of disease is strongly associated with ratings of overall cancer care, diagnostic route (particularly emergency presentation or screening detection) exerts important independent effects.
Institute of Health Research
College of Medicine and Health
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