Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Understanding cancer patient experience

We have used data from the English Cancer Patient Experience Survey to profile variation at person and organisational level, and examine the influence of patient characteristics ('case-mix') on hospital performance. We are currently extending this inquiry into understanding the survey structure, including the drivers of satisfaction with cancer care and how the representativeness of analysis based on patient experience data can be improve by the use of post-stratification weights.

This research relates to funding by Macmillan Cancer Support awarded to Professor Yoryos Lyratzopoulos (2016-2018), in collaboration with the University of Exeter.

Principal investigator: Professor Yoryos Lyratzopoulos

Contact: Professor Yoryos Lyratzopoulos (y.lyratzopoulos[at]ucl.ac.uk)

Relevant publications

Abel GA, Saunders CL, Lyratzopoulos G (2016) Post-sampling mortality and non-response patterns in the English Cancer Patient Experience Survey: Implications for epidemiological studies based on surveys of cancer patients. Cancer Epidemiol 41: 34-41, doi:10.1016/j.canep.2015.12.010.

Abel GA, Saunders CL, Lyratzopoulos G (2014) Cancer patient experience, hospital performance and case mix: evidence from England. Futur Oncol 10: 1589-1598, doi:10.2217/fon.13.266.

Saunders CL, Elliott MN, Lyratzopoulos G, Abel GA (2016) Do Differential Response Rates to Patient Surveys Between Organizations Lead to Unfair Performance Comparisons? Med Care 54: 45-54, doi:10.1097/MLR.0000000000000457.

Saunders CL, Abel GA, Lyratzopoulos G (2015) Inequalities in reported cancer patient experience by socio-demographic characteristic and cancer site: evidence from respondents to the English Cancer Patient Experience Survey. Eur J Cancer Care (Engl) 24: 85-98, doi:10.1111/ecc.12267.