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An indicator of whether specialist support services are used as part of a patient's treatment regime. Specialist support services are those that do not target the primary disease but help to manage side effects, symptoms, late effects and quality of life.

Specialist support services include community services, allied health services and other hospital support service, such as the use of psychiatrists, psychologists, physiotherapists, social workers, specialist nurses/nurse counsellors, cancer support or volunteer support groups, individual peer support services, counsellor/bereavement counsellor and pastoral care workers.

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