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Title: Measuring (and narrowing) the gap: The experience with attendance of Indigenous cancer patients for Radiation Therapy in the Northern Territory.
Authors: Carruthers, Scott
Pennefather, Mary
Ward, Linda
Giam, Kar
Penniment, Michael
Affiliation: Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre, Royal Darwin Hospital, Tiwi, Northern Territory, Australia..
Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre, Royal Darwin Hospital, Tiwi, Northern Territory, Australia..
Menzies School of Health Research, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia..
Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre, Royal Darwin Hospital, Tiwi, Northern Territory, Australia..
Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre, Royal Darwin Hospital, Tiwi, Northern Territory, Australia..
Issue Date: 13-May-2019
Citation: Journal of medical imaging and radiation oncology 2019-05-13
Abstract: Barriers exist for both Indigenous and remote patients attending cancer care facilities. We sought to measure clinical attendance of all patients referred for consideration of radiation therapy (RT) at the single radiation therapy centre in the Northern Territory (NT), with particular attention to a comparison of Indigenous and non-Indigenous patients, and to analyse methods introduced to address the attendance of patients. Patients referred for radiation therapy over a 5 year period from the commencement of the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre (AWCCC), NT, were analysed for attendance, and for possible improvement over time. Multivariate analysis of non-attendance prior to RT (pre-RT) showed significance for Indigenous status (P < 0.001), and female gender (P < 0.001), and during RT showed significance for Indigenous status (P < 0.001) and curative intent RT (P = 0.012). Attendance during RT over the 5 years showed significant improvement over time for Indigenous patients from 70.6% to 81.6% (P = 0.038). There was no significant improvement with pre-RT attendance for either the Indigenous or non-Indigenous cohort. Indigenous patients experienced a lower level of attendance during RT, but this has significantly improved over the first 5 years of operation at AWCCC, as recognition and management of contributing factors has improved.
URI: http://docs.prosentient.com.au/prosentientjspui/handle/1/10868
DOI: 10.1111/1754-9485.12887
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6056-6901
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: head and neck
radiation oncology
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