Patients rate cancer care in Scotland highly

  • Scottish Government
  • 30 Apr 2019

  • curated by Pavankumar Kamat
  • UK Medical News
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According to the latest 'Scottish Cancer Patient Experience Survey', the majority of patients have an overall positive experience of cancer care in Scotland.

The survey collected feedback from ~5000 patients on several aspects of cancer care, including diagnosis, treatment, and support.

The findings showed that in 2018, 95 per cent of the patients gave a high rating for their overall cancer care. This reflects a slight increment from 2015, when 94 per cent of patients rated their care highly. Eighty-three per cent of patients reported receiving their first appointment with a hospital physician as soon as necessary, and 87 per cent agreed that their options were fully explained to them before initiating treatment.

Areas of improvement suggested in the survey include information regarding potential side effects of the treatment in the future, support (emotional, practical and financial) available during treatment and the availability of care plans.

Jeane Freeman, the Scottish Health Secretary, said: "The results of this survey will support us in making further improvements in cancer care across Scotland, and we will work to ensure all patients have the information they need about their treatment and support."