The changing face of cancer aftercare, what this means to patients and clinicians


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Jessica Corner1
1University of Nottingham

Abstract

The renewed focus on health and wellbeing after cancer diagnosis and treatment has brought to the fore the ongoing needs for support of cancer survivors and the need to develop new models of aftercare. Until recently priorities for the design of new approaches had not been identified, though understanding of how support might be tailored to meet the needs of different individuals on the basis of risk factors is emerging. The importance of preparation for managing the effects of treatment and the process of recovery has recently been identified from patient feedback through the National Colorectal PROMS study1.

Evaluation of a model of supported self-management aftercare in a cancer centre will be presented showing how implementation of new models of care is a complex process as is understanding the outcomes of this for patients, clinicians and services. A key finding is that defining the individual dimensions of supportive care required by cancer survivors is an essential pre-cursor to risk stratification in follow-up care. Individuals receiving appropriately tailored self-manged follow-up report high levels of satisfaction with their care the model also released clinical capacity enabling resources to be diverted to support patients with complex needs.

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1. Wagland R, recio-Saucedo, Simon M, Bracher M, Hunt K, Foster C, Downing A, Glaser A, Corner J (2015) Development and testing of a text-mining approach to analyse patients’ comments on their experiences of colorectal cancer. BMJ Quality and Safety doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2015-004063