Last year in the UK over 60,000 cancer patients enrolled on clinical trials aimed at improving cancer treatments and making them available to all.
A study looking at reducing emergency admissions for people with cancer
This study looked at how to reduce unplanned emergency admissions for people with cancer. It was open to people who live in East Yorkshire.
More about this trial
Sometimes people living with cancer are admitted to hospital as an emergency. Access to good care at home could prevent some of these admissions.
Researchers hoped to develop a programme (or intervention) which would reduce the number of emergency hospital stays people with cancer had. But to do this they needed to understand why they happened.
The study aimed to find out what caused these emergency admissions. The researchers interviewed people with cancer who had recently been admitted to hospital as an emergency.
Summary of results
- was the reason for each emergency admission
- was the process of their admissions
- they and their carers thought about how the admission was managed
- 30 were due to chemotherapy
- 2 were due to radiotherapy
- 3 were due to immunotherapy
- 35 of these were directly admitted to the cancer ward
- 3 of these were indirectly admitted by way of the hospital’s emergency department
- the reason for their admission was dealt with quickly and effectively
- their care in hospital and long term care was continuous and organised
- the communication between them and the hospital staff was satisfactory
- information about their care was shared
- the staff were motivated and skilled
- visiting hours were more open
- they had to wait longer to be admitted
- they couldn’t have their medications when they were supposed to, and this affected their cancer care in the long term
- visiting times were more rigid
- their needs were unmet because of unsatisfactory levels of care
- improving access to specialist advice
- improving how emergency departments handle cancer patients with emergencies
- improving the process of admission
- providing rapid relief from their symptoms and the side effects of treatment
- providing satisfactory levels of care in hospital
- involving all healthcare professionals and healthcare services to provide a seamless circle of care to address the complex needs of cancer patients and their carers
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Professor Una Macleod
The Hull York Medical School
Yorkshire Cancer Research