2017 Research Grant Award
£52,957 (funds made available from a separate allocation) to the Norwich Medical School, UEA.
Prof Andy Jones
Stuart Michael Crawford
A study has been designed based on the discussions between the Big C and UEA. The study team will ask patients who have been newly diagnosed with cancer at The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and their carers, if they would like to take part. Some of those individuals will go on to use Big C support services, whilst others will not. Comparing those who do and those who don’t use Big C, will allow us to better understand the impact that the organisation has on patients’ and carers’ experiences.
We will invite, using questionnaires and other methods such as group or individual discussions, people to tell us what their experiences of using cancer services have been. The research will focus on things like what types of services they have used, how isolated or anxious they feel, how well they understand the cancer, and how confident they feel. We will use this to measure the impact of Big C services on patient and carer health and wellbeing, as well as looking at the wider benefits to society, including issues such as reduced financial hardship for families, better success when people return to work, whether there is a reduced cost of care provision, and less pressure on NHS services.
The overall aim of the research will be to understand the experiences of all patients diagnosed with cancer throughout Norfolk, along with their carers. However, the research team firstly needs to trial how best to do some parts of the study, including how to ask people to take part in the study, the best ways of gathering information and keeping in touch, and what sort of questionnaires work well. We also need to better understand things like the number of people who will want to take part. To allow us to answer these questions, the initial study will last for 18 months and we will only focus on patients diagnosed with lung cancer at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Working with this group will allow us to develop our methods, so that the research can then include a larger group of people affected by cancer.