Why personal accounts of cancer treatment in Scotland matter: re-blogging a post for Macmillan Cancer Support Scotland by Prof Mary Wells.
The publication of the personal patient accounts from the Scottish Cancer Patient Experience Survey provided instant publicity thanks to national media coverage but only reflected a fraction of what was in the report.
Compiled from an independent analysis of over 7,000 comments made by more than 2,500 people with cancer, these personalised responses are the stories of individuals whose experiences provide an insight into what matters most to people with cancer from diagnosis to end of treatment.
Whilst the results of the multiple-choice survey questions, published in June, provided an indication of the aspects of care which are experienced positively and those which leave room for improvement, they provide little detail of why or how individual patients experience those aspects of care.
The steering group for the first Scottish Cancer Patient Experience survey deliberately decided to include a greater number of these responses which had been used in the previous…
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