In our current sample, 513 cancer patients and their relatives (72% vs. 28%) filled out the questionnaire. Five percent of the visitors had been referred by general practitioners, 23% by psycho-oncology nurses, and 6% by medical specialists/oncologists. Most of the visitors (66%) had been informed by acquaintances, other visitors, events of the walk-in house, ads in local newspapers, or by searching on the internet. Visitors felt that visiting the walk-in house contributed to a better psychological balance in daily life. 77% reported they experienced reduced stress levels.
Two students of the Erasmus University Rotterdam (Institute of Health Policy and Management) are involved in the research and are voluntarily working on a report of an international literature search on walk-in homes. Starting in April 2014, a health sciences student will perform exploratory research concerning the view of general practitioners and GP nurses on walk-in homes.