Yet another study confirms the impact and importance of effective care coordination for patients. Published in the journal Cancer, the piece highlights a few specific factors negatively affecting care coordination practices. The study surveyed 560 Australian patients with incident colorectal cancer through a questionnaire concerning their experiences with coordinated care as part of their treatment, filled out six to eight months after their diagnosis. The results revealed that:
Patients who have little to no understanding of the health system, have 3 or more comorbid conditions, do not receive a written plan pretreatment, or do not have contact with a cancer care coordinator or specialist cancer nurse as part of their care have significantly poorer care coordination.
Further, the study also discovered that:
Patients most commonly preferred to receive bowel cancer information packs (92%), written care plans (88%), and improved access to their own medical records (electronic, 86%; paper, 84%).
These results are troubling. Patients have a right to understand their diagnosis as well as have access to resources that will aid their treatment, and quality outcomes cannot occur without patients being on the same page as their physicians and navigators.