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Abstract

Breast cancer is the most frequent cancer among women in Europe and the US. The aim of this study was to assess whether perioperative care, for breast cancer patients, provided at a patient hotel could be an alternative to the conventional care in an ordinary surgical ward. The study focuses solely on the patients’ experience of the provided care with a primary outcome that perioperative care at the patient hotel would be valued better than care in a general ward. Prospective, randomized single centre study. Between 2010 and 2012 a total of 151 patients < 80 years and without severe comorbidities were included in the trial, whereof 76 patients were randomised to the ward group and 75 patients to the hotel group. Five patients were excluded from each group. The validated IN2005-E questionnaire was used to evaluate the patients’ experiences of the care. The response rate was high with 65 patients answering the IN2005-E in each group. No difference could be found between the two groups regarding patient characteristics, type of surgery or tumour characteristics. The patients generally perceived the quality of the provided care as high. However, in the hotel group there was a better experience of care regarding issues such as coordination, privacy, some aspects of medical information, availability and the courtesy of the nurses. For selected patients, perioperative care at a patient hotel is an appreciated alternative to care at a surgical ward.

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