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Primary Care Physicians and Oncologists Are Players on the Same Team

Primary Care Physicians and Oncologists Are Players on the Same Team VOLUME 26  NUMBER 14  MAY 10 2008 EDITORIAL JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY Primary Care Physicians and Oncologists Are Players on the Same Team Eva Grunfeld, Cancer Outcomes Research, Cancer Care Nova Scotia, Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada The increasing incidence and prevalence of cancer, the growing Despite the presumed low cost, however, for an intervention to number and complexity of cancer therapies, and the emerging recog- be cost effective, it must be shown to be effective. In this trial, the nition of the unique aspects of cancer survivorship are factors that outcomes studied were PCPs’ confidence in managing patients receiv- remind us again and again that it takes a health care team to care for ing chemotherapy, PCPs’ knowledge of indications for referral and patients with cancer. Primary care physicians (PCPs) are crucial to chemotherapy adverse effects that their patient might experience, and that team, and numerous studies have shown that they are keen to PCPs’ satisfaction with the information received and with shared care. 5-7 be team players for their patients with cancer. Certainly, the The intervention was effective in terms of statistical significance for the concept of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Clinical Oncology Wolters Kluwer Health

Primary Care Physicians and Oncologists Are Players on the Same Team

Journal of Clinical Oncology , Volume 26 (14) – May 10, 2008

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Wolters Kluwer Health
Copyright
(C) 2008 American Society of Clinical Oncology
ISSN
0732-183X
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1527-7755
DOI
10.1200/JCO.2007.15.7081
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VOLUME 26  NUMBER 14  MAY 10 2008 EDITORIAL JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY Primary Care Physicians and Oncologists Are Players on the Same Team Eva Grunfeld, Cancer Outcomes Research, Cancer Care Nova Scotia, Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada The increasing incidence and prevalence of cancer, the growing Despite the presumed low cost, however, for an intervention to number and complexity of cancer therapies, and the emerging recog- be cost effective, it must be shown to be effective. In this trial, the nition of the unique aspects of cancer survivorship are factors that outcomes studied were PCPs’ confidence in managing patients receiv- remind us again and again that it takes a health care team to care for ing chemotherapy, PCPs’ knowledge of indications for referral and patients with cancer. Primary care physicians (PCPs) are crucial to chemotherapy adverse effects that their patient might experience, and that team, and numerous studies have shown that they are keen to PCPs’ satisfaction with the information received and with shared care. 5-7 be team players for their patients with cancer. Certainly, the The intervention was effective in terms of statistical significance for the concept of

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Published: May 10, 2008

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