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In a bad place: Carers of patients with head and neck cancer experiences of travelling for cancer treatment

Balfe, Myles, Keohane, Kieran, O'Brien, Katie, Gooberman-Hill, Rachael, Maguire, Rebecca, Hanly, Paul, O'Sullivan, Eleanor and Sharp, Linda (2017) In a bad place: Carers of patients with head and neck cancer experiences of travelling for cancer treatment. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 30. pp. 29-34. ISSN 1462-3889

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Abstract

Purpose
To explore the effect that treatment-related commuting has on carers of patients with head and neck cancer.

Method
Semi-structured interviews, thematically analysed, with 31 carers.

Results
Treatment-related commuting had a considerable impact on carers of patients with head and neck cancer, both in practical terms (economic costs, disruption) and also in psychological terms. Many carers of patients with head and neck cancer described becoming distressed by their commute. Some carers from large urban cities appeared to have hidden commuting burdens. Some carers respond to commuting stress by ‘zoning out’ or becoming ‘like zombies’.

Conclusions
Treatment-related travel for head and neck cancer can have significant practical and psychological impacts. Health professionals should be aware of the impacts that commuting can have on head and neck caregivers. Health services may be able to take practical steps, such as providing subsidized parking, to address head and neck carergivers’ difficulties.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > Life sciences > Medical sciences > Pathology > Tumors > Cancer
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Non Profit Organisations. Voluntary Sector. > Carers
Divisions: School of Business > Staff Research and Publications
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Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2017 13:17
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2017 13:19
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/2563

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