Do patients with long-term side effects of cancer treatment benefits from general practitioner support? A literature review.
MetadataShow full item record
Background: Alongside specialist cancer clinics, general practitioners have an important role in cancer patients’ follow-up care, yet no literature summarises the nature, extent and impact of their involvement. This paper addresses this issue through a review of the literature. Methods: Studies were sourced from six academic databases - AustHealth (n = 202), CINAHL (n = 500), the Cochrane Library (reviews and trials; n = 200), Embase (n = 368), PHCRIS (n = 132) and PubMed/Medline (n = 410). Studies that focused on interventions designed for patients receiving follow-up care and reported cancer care provided by a general practitioner delivered alongside specialist care were reviewed. Results: A total of 19 papers were identified as relevant for this review (3 randomised control trials; 4 cross-sectional, 5 cohort and 3 qualitative studies, and 3 systematic reviews). The reviewed studies indicated that providing general practitioner-led supportive inter- ventions for post-treatment care of cancer patients is feasible and acceptable to patients. General practitioner involvement resulted in improved physical and psychosocial well-being of patients and continuity of care, especially for patients with concomitant health conditions. Conclusion: Involving general practitioners in post-treatment cancer care is beneficial to patients. However, proactive initiatives that encourage and facilitate patients to consult their general practitioner about their needs or symptoms of recurrence should be considered.
This open access article is distributed under the Creative Commons license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Cancer care coordinator: Promoting multidisciplinary care: A pilot study in Australian general practiceJiwa, Moyez; Longman, G.; Sriram, Deepa; Sherriff, Jill; Briffa, Kathy; Musiello, T. (2012)Aim: We hypothesised that patients treated for breast cancer would benefit from targeted therapeutic action delivered by general practitioners on the recommendations of a multidisciplinary team based in primary care. ...
Jiwa, Moyez; Meng, X.; O'Shea, C.; Magin, P.; Dadich, A.; Pillai, V. (2015)OBJECTIVES: Determine how general practitioners (GPs) manage patients with cancer symptoms. DESIGN: GPs reviewed 24 video-vignettes and case notes on patients with cancer symptoms and indicated whether they would refer ...
Tan, C.; Wilson, S.; McConigley, Ruth (2015)BACKGROUND: A patient navigation program is a model of care which entails trained personnel providing individualized and assistive care to adult oncology patients to help the patients overcome barriers. A further aim of ...