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Impact Assessment of an Outreach Chemotherapy Program in Northern Ontario
R.W. Pong, A. Irvine*, C. McChesney, H. Blanco, C. DesRochers, and A. Valiquette

In order to enhance access to cancer care by rural residents, the Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre (NEORCC) has introduced a Chemotherapy Outreach Program. Because little is known about the impact the program had on the patients, providers, and agencies involved, NEORCC and CRaNHR jointly conducted an impact assessment of the program. The impact assessment focused on several aspects: (1) the impact of the program on cancer patients, particularly in terms of quality of life, patient satisfaction, and costs incurred; (2) the impact on providers (physicians, nurses, pharmacists, etc.) in terms of changes in roles and activities, training needs, etc.; and (3) the impact on NEORCC, especially in terms of organizational structure, costs, and operational processes.

(commissioned by the Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre)



(Names in bold denote CRaNHR investigators and research staff. Names with an * denote former CRaNHR investigators and research staff.)