A recent study published in the Journal of Oncology Practice calls for improved care coordination for cancer patients post-treatment.
The study focused on Medicare beneficiaries with stage I non-small-cell lung cancer. Researchers found that the nearly 8,000 participants spent, on average, one in three days during the initial 60 days after treatment interacting with and navigating the health care system. The number of different specialists, practices and medications involved in oncology care places a significant burden upon patients, one that proper care coordination would help alleviate.
Dr. Carolyn Presley, instructor at Yale Cancer Center and one of the study’s primary authors, spoke to the findings’ implications in a recent piece for Yale News:
These findings highlight a need to improve cancer care coordination. It’s also a call for providers to think about the burden we might be placing on patients…Reducing the number of visits, scheduling them on the same days, and reducing redundant tests, labs, and medications would greatly improve the daily lives of cancer patients.