Monday, April 20, 2009
CO Early Release, published online ahead of print Apr 20 2009
Journal of Clinical Oncology, 10.1200/JCO.2008.20.4883
Primary Care Physicians' Views of Routine Follow-Up Care of Cancer Survivors
M. Elisabeth Del Giudice,* Eva Grunfeld, Bart J. Harvey, Eugenia Piliotis, and Sunil Verma
Department of Family and Community Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; Ontario Institute of Cancer Research and Cancer Care Ontario, Health Services Research Program; and Divisions of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Department of Medicine, Odette Cancer Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Purpose: Routine follow-up of adult cancer survivors is an important clinical and health service issue. Because of a lack of evidence supporting advantages of long-term follow-up care in oncology clinics, there is increasing interest for the locus of this care to be provided by primary care physicians (PCPs). However, current Canadian PCP views on this issue have been largely unknown.
Methods: A mail survey of a random sample of PCPs across Canada, stratified by region and proximity to urban centers, was conducted. Views on routine follow-up of adult cancer survivors and modalities to facilitate PCPs in providing this care were determined.
Results: A total of 330 PCPs responded (adjusted response rate, 51.7%). After completion of active treatment, PCPs were willing to assume exclusive responsibility for routine follow-up care after 2.4 ± 2.3 years had elapsed for prostate cancer, 2.6 ± 2.6 years for colorectal cancer, 2.8 ± 2.5 years for breast cancer, and 3.2 ± 2.7 years for lymphoma. PCPs already providing this care were willing to provide exclusive care sooner. The most useful modalities PCPs felt would assist them in assuming exclusive responsibility for follow-up cancer care were (1) a patient-specific letter from the specialist, (2) printed guidelines, (3) expedited routes of rereferral, and (4) expedited access to investigations for suspected recurrence.
Conclusion: With appropriate information and support in place, PCPs reported being willing to assume exclusive responsibility for the follow-up care of adult cancer survivors. Insights gained from this survey may ultimately help guide strategies in providing optimal care to these patients.
Ottawa, April 15, 2009— The Canadian Cochrane Network and Centre announces today
that everyone in Canada with access to the Internet will be able to view the full content of
The Cochrane Library, an on-line resource that provides evaluations on health
The Canadian Cochrane Network and Centre, in partnership with the Canadian Health
Libraries Association, has successfully secured a national license to The Cochrane
Library. In essence, the license provides a subscription for every Canadian with access to
the Internet to benefit from the immense volume of health information found in The
Cochrane Library. Everybody will be one click away from the best available evidence on
the effectiveness of treatment procedures including which ones may be harmful.