Travel time to care does not affect survival for patients with colorectal cancer in northern Sweden: A data linkage study from the Risk North database

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Numerous prior studies, even from countries with free access to care, have associated long travel time to care with poor survival in patients with colorectal cancer. METHODS: This is a data-linkage study of all 3718 patients with colorectal cancer, diagnosed between 2007 and 2013 in Northern Sweden, one of the most sparsely populated areas in Europe. Travel time to nearest hospital was calculated based on GPS coordinates and multivariable Cox regression was used to analyse possible associations between travel time and cause-specific survival. RESULTS: No association between travel time and survival was observed, either in univariable analysis (colon HR 1.00 [95% CI 0.998-1.003]; rectal HR 0.998; [95% CI 0.995-1.002]) or in multivariable Cox regression analysis (colon HR 0.999 [95% CI 0.997-1.002]; rectal HR 0.997 [95% CI 0.992-1.002]). CONCLUSIONS: In contrast to most other studies, no association between travel time and colorectal cancer survival was found; despite that longer travel time was associated with known risk factors for poorer outcome. In the Swedish health care setting, travel time does not appear to represent a barrier to care or to negatively influence outcomes.

Detaljer

Författare
  • Olle Sjöström
  • Anna M. Dahlin
  • Gustav Silander
  • Ingvar Syk
  • Beatrice Melin
  • Barbro Numan Hellquist
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Umeå University
  • Skåne University Hospital
Forskningsområden

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Folkhälsovetenskap, global hälsa, socialmedicin och epidemiologi
  • Hälso- och sjukvårdsorganisation, hälsopolitik och hälsoekonomi
Originalspråkengelska
Artikelnummere0236799
TidskriftPLoS ONE
Volym15
Utgåva nummer8
StatusPublished - 2020
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa