Patient Satisfaction with Wait-Times for Breast Cancer Surgery in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Do shorter waits for breast cancer surgery lead to greater wait-related patient satisfaction? Using survey and cancer clinic chart data of 99 patients with breast cancer from Newfoundland and Labrador, we found that median wait-time from first visit to a surgeon to surgery was 22. 0 days and 87% were satisfied with their wait-time. Wait-related satisfaction was not associated with the length of wait but rather with the stage, severity of treatment, wait-time for a diagnosis and satisfaction with diagnosis-related wait. These findings highlight the importance of an early and timely diagnosis in patients' perceptions of breast cancer care wait-times.

Healthcare policy = Politiques de sante. 2016 Feb [Epub]

Maria Mathews, Dana Ryan, Vereesh Gadag, Roy West

Professor of Health Policy/Health Care Delivery, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL., Research Coordinator, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL., Professor of Biostatistics, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL., Professor Emeritus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL.