Oncology & Hemotology
Cancer Care Ontario is the provincial government's advisor on the cancer and renal systems, as well as on access to care for key health services. Enhancing flow of patient information and care plans are priorities to improve continuity and quality of survivorship care. Cancer Care Ontario has initiated work to identify essential information that primary care providers (PCPs) should receive about a patient's cancer care at the point of transition back to primary care. 15 focus groups were conducted with PCPs in Ontario using a guide to facilitate group discussions on the utility and content of transition plans. Transition plan materials across Ontario's Local Health Integration Networks and relevant jurisdictions in Canada and the United States were also reviewed to abstract a list of all documented data elements. A comprehensive matrix of data elements was then created by incorporating the list of documented data elements with the focus group feedback. Using this matrix, prevalence of data elements amongst reviewed materials was ranked by frequency. Two Modified-Delphi approaches were used to validate and prioritize data elements with Cancer Care Ontario provincial and regional primary care clinical leadership. The end result was consensus on what standard information is essential for inclusion in a transition plan from a primary care perspective. Next steps include engaging patient and family advisors, oncologists, and health system administrators through a phased regional consultation process. The role of synoptic reporting for a future standard survivorship transition plan will also be explored.
Cancer Care Ontario
Stacey Hunter is an Analyst in the Primary and Community Care Program at Cancer Care Ontario. She has a background in Registered Practical Nursing and is currently completing her Bachelor of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
Friday, November 24
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM
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