Implementing novel models of posttreatment care for cancer survivors: Enablers, challenges and recommendations

Jefford, Michael, Kinnane, Nicole, Howell, Paula, Nolte, Linda, Galetakis, Spiridoula, Bruce Mann, Gregory, Naccarella, Lucio, Lai-Kwon, Julia, Simons, Katherine, Avery, Sharon, Thompson, Kate, Ashley, David, Haskett, Martin, Davies, Elise and Whitfield, Kathryn 2015, Implementing novel models of posttreatment care for cancer survivors: Enablers, challenges and recommendations, Asia Pacific journal of clinical oncology, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 319-327, doi: 10.1111/ajco.12406.

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Title Implementing novel models of posttreatment care for cancer survivors: Enablers, challenges and recommendations
Author(s) Jefford, Michael
Kinnane, Nicole
Howell, Paula
Nolte, Linda
Galetakis, Spiridoula
Bruce Mann, Gregory
Naccarella, Lucio
Lai-Kwon, Julia
Simons, Katherine
Avery, Sharon
Thompson, Kate
Ashley, David
Haskett, Martin
Davies, Elise
Whitfield, Kathryn
Journal name Asia Pacific journal of clinical oncology
Volume number 11
Issue number 4
Start page 319
End page 327
Total pages 9
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng
Publication date 2015-12
ISSN 1743-7563
Keyword(s) aftercare
long-term care
Summary AIM: The American Society of Clinical Oncology and US Institute of Medicine emphasize the need to trial novel models of posttreatment care, and disseminate findings. In 2011, the Victorian State Government (Australia) established the Victorian Cancer Survivorship Program (VCSP), funding six 2-year demonstration projects, targeting end of initial cancer treatment. Projects considered various models, enrolling people of differing cancer types, age and residential areas. We sought to determine common enablers of success, as well as challenges/barriers. METHODS: Throughout the duration of the projects, a formal "community of practice" met regularly to share experiences. Projects provided regular formal progress reports. An analysis framework was developed to synthesize key themes and identify critical enablers and challenges. Two external reviewers examined final project reports. Discussion with project teams clarified content. RESULTS: Survivors reported interventions to be acceptable, appropriate and effective. Strong clinical leadership was identified as a critical success factor. Workforce education was recognized as important. Partnerships with consumers, primary care and community organizations; risk stratified pathways with rapid re-access to specialist care; and early preparation for survivorship, self-management and shared care models supported positive project outcomes. Tailoring care to individual needs and predicted risks was supported. Challenges included: lack of valid assessment and prediction tools; limited evidence to support novel care models; workforce redesign; and effective engagement with community-based care and issues around survivorship terminology. CONCLUSION: The VCSP project outcomes have added to growing evidence around posttreatment care. Future projects should consider the identified enablers and challenges when designing and implementing survivorship care.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/ajco.12406
Field of Research 111299 Oncology and Carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920102 Cancer and Related Disorders
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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