Introduction and objective:
The aim of the study was to examine the perception of medical services by oncological patients during the pandemic, identifying the key factors influencing it. The assessment of patient satisfaction with the treatment and care provided by doctors and other hospital staff provides important information on the quality of health services.

Material and methods:
The study involved 394 patients diagnosed with cancer treated as inpatients in five oncology departments. The diagnostic survey method was used with a proprietary questionnaire and the standardized EORTC IN-PATSAT32 questionnaire. Calculations were carried out using Statistica 10.0 with p≤0.05 s considered statistically significant.

Overall patient satisfaction with cancer care was 80.77/100. Higher values were shown for the competences of nurses than for doctors, especially for their interpersonal skills (79.34 – nurses vs. 74.13 – doctors) and availability (80.11 – nurses vs. 75.6 – doctors). It was also shown that the level of satisfaction with cancer care increased with age; women rated cancer care lower than men (p = 0.031), particularly its aspect related to the competences of doctors. A lower degree of satisfaction was observed among rural residents (p=0.042). Other demographic data, such as marital status and education, determined satisfaction with cancer care on the selected scale although it did not affect the overall level of satisfaction.

The analysed socio-demographic factors, primarily age, gender and place of residence, determined some of the scales concerning patient satisfaction with cancer care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The results of this and other studies of a similar profile should be used in the formation of health policy, particularly in implementing programmes to improve the quality of cancer care in Poland.

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