Apr 28, 2020

Primary care physician's confidence and coordination regarding the survivorship care for older breast cancer survivors

Supportive Care in Cancer : Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Christian StephensJessica L Krok-Schoen

Abstract

To examine primary care physician's (PCPs) internal (confidence, training) and external (communication, receipt of survivorship care plans (SCPs)) regarding their provision of survivorship care to older breast cancer survivors METHOD: A web-based questionnaire was completed individually by PCPs about their training and areas of survivorship they address under their care. A subset of survey participants was interviewed about survivorship care for older breast cancer survivors, care coordination, and areas of improvement regarding SCPs. PCPs (n = 29) had an average 13.5 years in family practice. Forty-five percent surveyed as "somewhat confident" or "not confident" evaluating and managing the late effects of cancer treatment, and 25% surveyed as "somewhat confident" or "not confident" addressing the chronic comorbidities of older breast cancer survivors. More than half of PCPs surveyed that they reach out to their patients' oncologist "a little" or "none of the time" and that they receive SCPs "a little" or "none of the time." Semi-structured interviews also indicated that many PCPs did not receive a SCP from their patients' oncologists and that communication between the two providers regarding survivorship care was poor. Partici...Continue Reading

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