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Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2018 Oct 1;22(5):500-506. doi: 10.1188/18.CJON.500-506.

Geographic Health Disparities: Satellite Clinics for Cancer Care in Rural Communities.

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1
New York University Langone Medical Center.
2
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Cancer treatment is time-consuming and challenging for most patients, but particularly for those who live in geographically isolated areas. Satellite chemotherapy infusion centers offer a possible solution to geographic disparities in health care.

OBJECTIVES:

This article analyzes a satellite chemotherapy infusion center on the island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.

METHODS:

Interviews were conducted with staff of the infusion department of Martha's Vineyard Hospital, which has partnered with the cancer center at Massachusetts General Hospital to offer a satellite chemotherapy infusion center for island residents.

FINDINGS:

High-quality community hospitals are increasingly able to offer specialized oncology treatment and nursing care at greater convenience for patients through the use of satellite clinics.

KEYWORDS:

critical access; geographic disparities; rural oncology; satellite treatment

PMID:
30239508
DOI:
10.1188/18.CJON.500-506
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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