Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Improving Rural Cancer Outcomes (IRCO)

 

Improving the poor outcomes in Australian cancer patients living in rural and remote areas is a national priority, but there is as yet insufficient evidence on how the problem is best tackled.

In this project, partner organisations that deliver cancer services in non-metropolitan WA have teamed with experienced researchers to develop a ‘best prospects’ package of interventions targeting the community, medical and other health practitioners; and to evaluate the effectiveness of the package.

Full description

The project aims to redress the inequities in cancer treatment outcomes in Australian rural and remote populations using non-metropolitan centres in WA to develop a package of community and provider-based interventions.The project will consist of two phases over five years:
  • A development phase which will identify health system, doctor and patient factors that affect outcomes in rural patients with cancer of the prostate, breast, colorectal or lung.
  • An implementation/evaluation phase in which the best prospects interventions will be evaluated by a trial.

Funding

Nil.

Publications and reports to date

Emery JD, Gray V, Walter FM, Cheetham S, Croager EJ, Slevin T, Saunders C, Threlfall T, Auret K, Nowak AK, Geelhoed E, Bulsara M and Holman CD. The Improving Rural Cancer Outcomes (IRCO) Trial: a factorial cluster-randomised controlled trial of a complex intervention to reduce time to diagnosis in rural patients with cancer in Western Australia: a study protocol. BMJ Open 2014; 4:e006156

Gray V, Slevin T, Holman CDJ, Emery JD. Campaign message development and formative marketing research for a community intervention to increase cancer symptom awareness and reduce delays in help-seeking behaviour in people in rural WA. Western Australian Cancer and Palliative Care Research and Evaluation Unit, The University of Western Australia, 2011.

Holman, CDJ, Emery JD, Saunders SM, Walter FM, Moorin RE, Auret KA, Preen DB, Bulsara MK. Partnership Intervention Trial to Redress Treatment Delay and Improve Outcomes in Rural Cancer Patients. National Health and Medical Research Council, partnership project grant (No. 572765).

Emery JD, Holman, CDJ, Saunders SM, Walter FM, Moorin RE, Auret KA, Preen DB, Bulsara MK. Partnership Intervention Trial to Redress Treatment Delay and Improve Outcomes in Rural Cancer Patients: WA Department of Health Partner Funds Contribution.

Emery JD, Holman, CDJ, Saunders SM, Walter FM, Moorin RE, Auret KA, Preen DB, Bulsara MK. Partnership Intervention Trial to Redress Treatment Delay and Improve Outcomes in Rural Cancer Patients: WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network Contribution. Western Australian Cancer and Palliative Care Network, 2010-2014.

Emery J, Holman CD, Saunders C, Fritschi L, Auret K, Nowak A, Monterosso L, Preen D, Moorin R, Vaz L, Walter F, Booth P, Mears M, Kirke A, Willix C, Jeffries-Stokes C. Intervention to redress delay and improve outcomes in rural cancer patients. Cancer Council of Western Australia, 2009-2012.

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