Newswire (Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017, Received: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 8:19:55 PM CST)

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New Findings in the Area of Prostate Cancer Reported from W.J. Mackillop and Colleagues (Measuring the Quality of Personal Care in Patients Undergoing Radiotherapy for Prostate Cancer)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Cancer Weekly -- Current study results on Oncology - Prostate Cancer have been published. According to news reporting out of Kingston, Canada, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "To describe the quality of the non-technical component of the care (personal care) of patients receiving radical radiotherapy for prostate cancer and to identify elements of personal care that should be priorities for quality improvement. One hundred and eight patients undergoing radiotherapy for localised prostate cancer completed a self-administered questionnaire that asked them to rate the importance of 143 non-technical elements of care and to rate the quality of their own care with respect to each element."

Funders for this research include Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation, Queen's University Terry Fox Foundation Training Program (see also Oncology - Prostate Cancer).

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research, "The elements that a patient rated as both 'very important' and less than 'very good' were deemed to be his priorities for improvement. The priorities of the population were established by ranking the elements based on the percentage of patients who identified them as a priority (importance/quality analysis). The response rate was 65%. The percentage of elements rated 'very good' varied from patient to patient: median 79% (interquartile range 69-92%). The percentage of elements rated either 'very good' or 'good' was higher: median 96% (interquartile range 86-98%). Nonetheless, almost every patient rated at least some elements of his care as less than optimal, regardless of the cut-off point used to define optimal quality. Patients assigned their lowest quality ratings to elements relating to the quality of the treatment environment and comprehensiveness of additional services available to them. However, patients rated most of these elements as relatively unimportant, and importance/quality analysis identified elements of care relating to communication of information about the disease and its treatment as the highest priorities for quality improvement. Most patients rated most elements of their personal care as very good, but almost all were able to identify some elements that were less than optimal."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "When ratings of quality were integrated with ratings of importance, elements relating to communication emerged as the patients' highest priorities for quality improvement."

For more information on this research see: Measuring the Quality of Personal Care in Patients Undergoing Radiotherapy for Prostate Cancer. Clinical Oncology, 2017;29(12):827-834. Clinical Oncology can be contacted at: Elsevier Science London, 84 Theobalds Rd, London WC1X 8RR, England. (Elsevier -; Clinical Oncology -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting W.J. Mackillop, Canc Center Southeastern Ontario, Kingston, ON, Canada. Additional authors for this research include P.A. Groome, D. Feldman-Stewart, M.D. Brundage, J.H. Foley, S. McArdle and K.A. Foley.

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Keywords for this news article include: Kingston, Ontario, Canada, North and Central America, Prostatic Neoplasms, Prostate Cancer, Therapeutics, Radiotherapy, Oncology, Therapy.

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