HealthDay News – More effort is needed to improve the follow-up care of cancer patients, according to researchers.
To assess the practice of survivorship care for cancer patients, Danielle Blanch-Hartigan, PhD, MPH and colleagues from the National Cancer Institute surveyed 1,130 oncologists and 1,020 primary care physicians.
Only 12% of PCPs reported regularly discussing survivorship care recommendation, the researchers reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
A majority of oncologists (64%) reported always or almost always discussing recommendations for survivorship care with cancer survivors, whereas 32% of oncologists discussed providers for cancer-related and other follow-up care. Less than 5% of oncologists reported providing a written survivorship care plan.
Oncologists who reported having detailed training about late and long-term effects of cancer were more likely to provide written survivorship care plans (odds ratio, 1.73; 95% CI, 1.22-2.44) and discussed survivorship care (OR, 2.02; 95% CI, 1.51-2.70).
PCPs who received survivorship care plans from oncologists were more likely to report discussing survivorship with patients (OR, 9.22; 95% CI, 5.74-14.82).
“These nationally representative data provide a useful benchmark to assess implementation of new efforts to improve the follow-up care of survivors,” noted the researchers.