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This is the third in a series of National Surveys of NHS Patients, designed to monitor the performance of the NHS from the patient's perspective. This survey assesses the quality of care experienced by patients with one of six types of cancer - breast, colorectal, lung, ovarian, prostate and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Discharge procedures, initial diagnosis and referral to hospital, including the time this took and the way in which the diagnosis was given, The patient's first treatment for this condition (providing that was within the past five years); covering themes such as communication and understanding, involvement, being treated with respect and dignity, co-ordination and continuity, and pain and discomfort, staffing levels, cleanliness and quality of food of hospital selected by patient, demographic and other personal data.
England, age, ambulance services, attitudes, cancer, care of dependants, care of the sick, chemotherapy, choice, clinical tests and measurements, complementary therapies, doctor-patient relationship, economic activity, employment history, ethnic groups, families, food, friends, gender, general practitioners, health, health professionals, health services, hospital bed provision, hospital discharges, hospital outpatient services, hospital waiting lists, hospitalization, households, ill health, information, information needs, interpersonal communication, interpersonal relations, languages, marital status, medical care, medicinal drugs, nurses, organizations, pain, pain control, patients, personal hygiene, physicians, private health services, radiotherapy, redress of grievances, right to privacy, specialists, state health services, supervisory status, surgery, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, non-hodgkin's lymphoma
Identifier Variables
NHS regional offices
Economic/Subject Categories
Area of Health System
Secondary care
Disease Area
Data Available
Risk behaviours, Socio-economic, Demographic
Data collecting organization (s)
National Centre for Social Research and Picker Institute Europe
Data Type
Condition specific
Coverage (date of field work)
1999, 2000
Unit of Analysis

In patients and day patients, aged 16 and over, discharged by eligible NHS Trusts in England between July 1999 and June 2000 with one of six cancer diagnoses (breast, colorectal, lung, ovarian, prostate, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma). 65337 cases.

ESDS Access and Preservation, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access
Allgar VL and Neal RD. Delays in the diagnosis of six cancers: analysis of data from the National Survey of NHS Patients. British Journal of Cancer 2005; 92: 1959–1970