Preferences for Physician Roles in Follow-up Care During Survivorship: Do Patients, Primary Care Providers, and Oncologists Agree?
National organizations recommend team-based care, where cancer specialists and primary care providers (PCPs) work together to provide coordinated care to patients after completing cancer treatment (i.e., during survivorship).1, 2 This includes services such as managing comorbidities, performing routine health maintenance, primary cancer surveillance and secondary cancer screening. The adoption of team-based care models has lagged, in part, due to uncertainty around whether the oncologist or PCP should manage these services.3 Prior studies reported that while 51% of PCPs support a shared-care model, nearly 60% of oncologists prefer that oncologists direct this care. Our work shows that a notable minority of women with early-stage breast cancer preferred their oncologist handle their primary care during survivorship.4Better alignment of patient and provider preferences for physician roles during survivorship is necessary to support effective implementation of team-based...
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- 2.Committee on Improving the Quality of Cancer Care: Addressing the Challenges of an Aging Population, Board on Health Care Services, Institute of Medicine, et al. Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis. Levit L, Balogh E, Nass S, Ganz PA, eds. December 2013. https://doi.org/10.17226/18359.