Organizational guidance for the care of patients with head-and-neck cancer in Ontario Journal Article


Authors: Irish, J.; Kim, J.; Waldron, J.; Wei, A. C.; Winquist, E.; Yoo, J.; Boasie, A.; Brouwers, M.; Meertens, E.; McNair, S.; Walker-Dilks, C.; Expert Panel on Organizational Guidance for the Care of Patients with Head Neck Cancer in Ontario
Article Title: Organizational guidance for the care of patients with head-and-neck cancer in Ontario
Abstract: Background At the request of the Head and Neck Cancers Advisory Committee of Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario), a working group and expert panel of clinicians with expertise in the management of head-and-neck cancer developed the present guideline. The purpose of the guideline is to provide advice about the organization and delivery of health care services for adult patients with head-and-neck cancer. Methods This document updates the recommendations published in the Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario) 2009 organizational guideline The Management of Head and Neck Cancer in Ontario. The guideline development methods included an updated literature search, internal review by content and methodology experts, and external review by relevant health care providers and potential users. Results To ensure that all patients have access to the highest standard of care available in Ontario, the guideline establishes the minimum requirements to maintain a head-and-neck disease site program. Recommendations are made about the membership of core and extended provider teams, minimum skill sets and experience of practi-tioners, cancer centre–specific and practitioner-specific volumes, multidisciplinary care requirements, and unique infrastructure demands. Conclusions The recommendations contained in this document offer guidance for clinicians and institutions providing care for patients with head-and-neck cancer in Ontario, and for policymakers and other stakeholders involved in the delivery of health care services for head-and-neck cancer. © 2020 Multimed Inc.
Keywords: cancer surgery; intensity modulated radiation therapy; laryngectomy; cancer staging; positron emission tomography; quality control; computer assisted tomography; palliative therapy; cancer therapy; health care quality; health service; patient care; medical education; head and neck cancer; dosimetry; total quality management; echography; needle biopsy; endoscopic surgery; health care personnel; psychosocial care; medical practice; bronchoscopy; free tissue graft; primary medical care; gastroscopy; health care delivery; bone scintiscanning; laryngoscopy; head-and-neck cancer; respiration control; symposium; fine needle aspiration biopsy; esophagoscopy; vascular access; ontario; human; article; emergency physician; ontario health (cancer care ontario); organizational guidelines; dietitian attitude
Journal Title: Current Oncology
Volume: 27
Issue: 2
ISSN: 1198-0052
Publisher: Multimed Inc  
Date Published: 2020-05-22
Start Page: e115
End Page: e122
Language: English
DOI: 10.3747/co.27.5873
PUBMED: 32489261
PROVIDER: scopus
PMCID: PMC7253750
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Notes: Article -- Export Date: 1 July 2020 -- Source: Scopus
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