Overcoming the distance barrier in relation to treatment for haematology patients: Queensland findings

Aust Health Rev. 2015 Jun;39(3):344-350. doi: 10.1071/AH14147.


Objective: The aim of the present study was to document the financial and psychosocial impact of relocation for specialist haematology treatment in Queensland.

Methods: This study was a qualitative exploratory study comprising 45 in-depth interviews with haematology patients supported by the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland.

Results: The findings indicate that decentralisation of treatment is assisting haematology patients to overcome the profound difficulties associated with travelling to the metropolitan area for treatment.

Conclusion: Fostering specialist outreach and building capacity in regional cancer centres are service delivery strategies that are greatly appreciated by regional, rural and remote haematology patients who are stressed by the many challenges associated with leaving home to travel distances for specialist treatment. It is the hope and expectation that these findings will make a contribution to informing future health policy and service delivery planning.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Hematologic Diseases / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Qualitative Research
  • Queensland
  • Travel / economics*
  • Travel / psychology*
  • Young Adult