Primary care providers' needs and preferences for information about colorectal cancer survivorship care Journal Article


Authors: Salz, T.; Oeffinger, K. C.; Lewis, P. R.; Williams, R. L.; Rhyne, R. L.; Yeazel, M. W.
Article Title: Primary care providers' needs and preferences for information about colorectal cancer survivorship care
Abstract: Background: The Institute of Medicine (IOM) proposed that cancer survivors and their primary care providers (PCPs) should receive survivorship care plans to inform ongoing care. We aimed to determine PCPs' preferences for the content of survivorship care plans for colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors. Methods: PCPs in 3 practice-based research networks completed a survey regarding 45 topics of CRC information based on the IOM's survivorship care plan framework. Results: One hundred fifty-six PCPs completed the survey. For 35 topics (78%), at least half of respondents felt the topic was very important. Most PCPs reported receiving too little information about problems with chemotherapy (68%) or radiation (60%) and whether the oncologist intended to monitor for other cancers (71%). PCPs widely agreed that they do not have enough information about increased risk of second CRCs, other cancers, and other diseases (78%); long-term effects of chemotherapy (73%) and radiation (67%); and genetic counseling (83%). Conclusions: PCPs endorse the IOM's survivorship care plan framework as relevant and often report needing more information. Survivorship care plans may provide important information to PCPs by communicating patients' cancer histories and making recommendations regarding which aspects of care should be provided by the oncologist or the PCP.
Keywords: adult; cancer chemotherapy; cancer survival; middle aged; major clinical study; cancer risk; united states; cancer radiotherapy; colorectal cancer; cancer survivor; survivors; colorectal neoplasms; patient information; medical information; organization; medical specialist; physician; cross-sectional study; cross-sectional studies; physician attitude; health care delivery; needs assessment; health personnel; patient care planning; health care surveys; genetic counseling; primary health care; nurse practitioner; health care survey; practice-based research; practice-based research networks; personal needs; physician assistant student
Journal Title: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Volume: 25
Issue: 5
ISSN: 1557-2625
Publisher: Amer Board Family Medicine  
Date Published: 2012-09-01
Start Page: 635
End Page: 651
Language: English
DOI: 10.3122/jabfm.2012.05.120083
PROVIDER: scopus
PUBMED: 22956699
PMCID: PMC3697120
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  1. Talya Salz
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  2. Kevin Oeffinger
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