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Choosing the best hospital to begin your treatment can create all sorts of questions; which will offer the best care and support? Where has a better car parking area? What hospital has the highest level of cleanliness?
How wonderful would it be if you could compare hospitals based on those questions to see which one you’d be happy to use…
That’s what we’re working on right now!
We’re developing a pilot information tool that will make it easier for people diagnosed with bowel cancer to choose where they receive their treatment and care. Similar to a price comparison website, this handy website tool will compare several services across hospitals so you can choose the best hospital for your needs.
To help us put this tool together we need your help; we’d like you to rank information, for which we have data available, in order of importance when making a decision about your treatment, and submit your rankings here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SupportingChoiceRatingInformationItems
Your help is greatly appreciated!
Do we have any choice of where we are treated? Unless we have private medicine cover, we go where we are sent and what we do or do not look for in a hospital is irrelevant, would that it were not so!!
I have heard that we do have a choice diamondsgirl.I guess the downside would be having visitors if its a long way away. xx
Yes, we can go to whatever hospital we want - look up the doctors who specialise in different types of cancer and ask to be referred to the hospital with the specialist you want.
This is exactly what this project is all about - trying to give you a few more of the options available at your fingertips.
We know that many people aren't aware that they have choice, and we are trying to determine what things are important to you in making that choice.
So initially this project is a pilot. Then, following your feedback here (I'll organise some more testing and feedback options shortly), it is likely we'll develop the tool into a wider project across further cancer types (it's being piloted for colorectal cancers initially).
Any help would be appreciated. And your feedback will help shape the nature of the tool in the future.
As a follow up we've now got to the first stage of design and would like your further feedback please.
This is a very short (6 question) survey to find out what, given the designs we're presenting you, you think is most important given its visual representation. So for each question, you just need to click the screen where you think the most important elements are. We'll then capture where you've clicked and aggregate the responses to determine what's working, visually, and what's not.
Again, any help appreciated!
Many thanks, in advance.
I would think that wherever the treatment expertise is proven is where most cancer sufferers would wish to be treated! It's often possible for visitors to find a place to stay fairly near for short periods.....
Just for clarity, this tool is now live and available to use at:
Comments always welcome.
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