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Feb. 13, 2017

Integrating primary care providers in the care of cancer survivors: gaps in evidence and future opportunities

Region: Americas Scientific publication Empowering and engaging people and communities, Reorienting the model of care, Coordinating services within and across sectors Source: The Lancet Oncology

Since the release of the Institute of Medicine report: From cancer patient to cancer survivor: lost in transition, in 2005, there has been a national call in the USA to provide coordinated, comprehensive care for cancer survivors, with an emphasis on the role of primary care. Several models of care have been described, which focus on primary care providers (PCPs) as receiving cancer survivors who are transferred after successful treatment, and who are given specific types of information from oncology-based care (eg, survivorship care plans), and not as active members of the cancer survivorship team. They provide recommendations for education, clinical practice, research, and policy initiatives that might advance the integration of PCPs in the care of cancer survivors in diverse clinical settings.