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Scottish Radiotherapy Patient Survey

The Scottish Government and NHS Scotland have just published the results of the 2014 Scottish Radiotherapy Patient Survey that Quality Health undertook on their behalf. 
The survey was based largely on a similar survey that Quality Health developed and ran in England in 2012.

The Scottish results are encouraging, and show that most patients are very positive about their radiotherapy care: 97% rated their overall care as excellent or very good, and 82% as excellent.  And patients were particularly positive about staff: 91% said that staff always took account of what mattered to them; and 97% of patients said that staff always treated them with compassion and understanding.

But there is also some room for improvement.  Around a quarter of patients said that either they were only involved ‘to some extent’ (21%) or ‘not as much as they wanted’ (4%) in decisions about their care and treatment.  Over a third of patients indicated that either the amount of information given at the start of their radiotherapy was only ‘satisfactory’ (36%) or was ‘poor’ (1%).  And over one quarter of patients (26%) indicated that hadn’t had a regular formal review of their treatment.

The report shows the different scores in Radiotherapy centres across Scotland, and there is some excellent practice in many areas: lots to be learned and shared.

You can view the report Scottish Radiotherapy Patient Survey here.

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