Browse by author
Lookup NU author(s): Professor Linda Sharp
Full text for this publication is not currently held within this repository. Alternative links are provided below where available.
© 2017 Elsevier Ltd 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.
Author(s): Balfe M, Keohane K, O'Brien K, Gooberman-Hill R, Maguire R, Hanly P, O'Sullivan E, Sharp L
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: European Journal of Oncology Nursing
Print publication date: 01/10/2017
Online publication date: 29/07/2017
Acceptance date: 01/07/2017
ISSN (print): 1462-3889
ISSN (electronic): 1532-2122
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Altmetrics provided by Altmetric