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Table 3 Rank-weighted ranking of factors (1 = highest ranked, 16 = lowest ranked)

From: Centralising specialist cancer surgery services in England: survey of factors that matter to patients and carers and health professionals

Rank PPI sub-group
(n = 19)
HCP sub-group
(n = 33)
All respondents
(n = 52)
1 Highly trained staff Highly trained staff Highly trained staff
2 Waiting time for a surgery Likelihood and severity of complications Likelihood and severity of complications
3 a Likelihood and severity of complications Access to staff members from various disciplines with specialised skills in cancer Waiting time for a surgery
4 a Access to staff members from various disciplines with specialised skills in cancer Waiting time for a surgery Access to staff members from various disciplines with specialised skills in cancer
5 Core specialist team working 24/7 Number of specialist cancer surgical procedures Core specialist team working 24/7
6 Access to most up-to-date facilities and equipment Core specialist team working 24/7 Number of specialist cancer surgical procedures
7 Number of specialist cancer surgical procedures Readmissions to hospital Readmissions to hospital
8 Probability of dying from cancer Probability of dying from cancer Probability of dying from cancer
9 Readmissions to hospital Participation in clinical trials Access to most up-to-date facilities and equipment
10 Travel time to hospital Access to most up-to-date facilities and equipment Participation in clinical trials
11 Length of stay at hospital Travel time to hospital Travel time to hospital
12 Participation in clinical trials Length of stay at hospital Length of stay at hospital
13 Indirect effect on non-cancer surgical services Number of surgical staff in local area Indirect effect on non-cancer surgical services
14 Number of centres in the local area a Training opportunities for surgical staff Number of surgical staff in local area
15 Training opportunities for surgical staff a Indirect effect on non-cancer surgical services Training opportunities for surgical staff
16 Number of surgical staff in local area Number of centres in the local area Number of centres in the local area
  Kappa = 0.0114 Kappa = 0.0281 Kappa = 0.0278
  1. PPI Patient and public involvement, HCP Health care professional
  2. adenotes tied rankings. Four most important rank-weighted factors in bold; four least important rank-weighted factors in italics