Getting a fair deal for cancer patients
A PROJECT that aims to more closely align what cancer patients want from their treatment with how treatment is provided has secured a Cancer Council WA research grant.
Como resident and Curtin University health economist Associate Professor Richard Norman has won a $38,000 collaborative grant to lead the project, in conjunction with Matthew Anstey and Arman Harsani at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Assistant Professor Ian Li at UWA’s School of Population Health.
Associate Professor Norman said the project arose out of known inequities in health outcomes and access to care for some cancer patients, particularly for the highly specialised areas of oncology.
He said the first step in this project was to examine what aspects of cancer care were most important to patients.
“We know that cancer patients value factors like travel time and consulting a doctor they are familiar with, but these types of factors are currently not measured or considered in the decisions made about the care and treatment of a patients,” he said.
“We want to show the research community and policy makers that factors such as these are important and should be considered in planning decisions about treatment because they can make a difference to health outcomes.”
Associate Professor Norman said they were trying to eradicate the ‘postcard lottery’ where patients who lived close to hospitals found it easier to receive treatment and were more likely to have a better health outcome.
Associate Professor Richard Norman.