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Do patients with long-term side effects of cancer treatment benefit from general practitioner support? A literature review

International Literature

posted by WM Admin on 2015-06-11 13:31:35.78

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In this literature review, the authors explore the role of general practitioners alongside specialist cancer clinics in cancer patients’ follow-up care.

Nineteen 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 interventions 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".

The authors discuss the implications of these findings.

This article is available to read in free full text at:  http://www.ijic.org/index.php/ijic/article/view/1987/2983

Ngune, I., et al. (2015). Do patients with long-term side effects of cancer treatment benefit from general practitioner support? A literature review. International Journal of Integrated Care, 8 June.