Date lodged: 30 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, to enable the highest number of people to participate, how it will reduce the gap between the period of cancer diagnosis and the date of the release of questionnaires for the next Scottish Cancer Patient Experience Survey.
Answered by: Shona Robison 14 December 2017
The time between the period of cancer diagnosis and when questionnaire for the Scottish Cancer Patient Experience Survey is issued is necessary to validate the survey sample against records from the Scottish Cancer Registry, which can take up to 18 months after diagnosis to be fully verified. This is a vital step in the sampling process as it minimises the chances of sending the survey to individuals that do not have a confirmed cancer diagnosis, which could cause distress and anxiety.