Project: Rural Accessibility and Cancer Survival

Reference: UG496

Last update: 20/01/2005 10:30:19


The specific objectives of the research are to test three hypothesies using secondary analysis of Cancer Registrations in the north of England.
If the research is not undertaken there will be no evidence regarding the wider costs to society of centralising cancer treatment centres. The research will inform on the most appropriate transport solutions and/or location of key health services for the rural population. The results will be used by DfT to help tailor flexible community based integrated transport solutions in rural areas. The results will be used by DEFRA to develop policies that promote a "living" rural community by ensuring fair access to services regardless of choice of residential location. The results will be used by DoH to inform on the wider social costs of policies that have seen increasing reliance on centralising cancer treatment at specialist centres. The results will be used by HMT to examine the implications of the current distribution of resources across different geographic areas and between Government Departments.


The research is planned to deliver results from an analysis of rural accessibility and cancer survival in the form of an initial literature review followed by extensive secondary analysis of existing data. More specically the research will deliver results concerning the following hypothesies:
i. Patients with poorer access to their GP and cancer centre present later;
ii. Patients with poorer access receive different treatment;
iii. Patients with poorer access have a reduced chance of survival.


University of East Anglia
Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ
01603 593908

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £149,276.60

Actual start date: 25 March 2003

Expected completion date: 30 August 2006