Cancer survivorship care: Person centered care in a multidisciplinary shared care model

Jacqueline J. Loonen, Nicole M. A. Blijlevens, Judith Prins, Desiree J. S. Dona, Jaap den Hartogh, Theo Senden, Eline van Dulmen-den Broeder, Koos van der Velden, Rosella P. M. G. Hermens

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Survivors of childhood and adult-onset cancer are at lifelong risk for the development of late effects of treatment that can lead to serious morbidity and premature mortality. Regular long-term follow-up aiming for prevention, early detection and intervention of late effects can preserve or improve health. The heterogeneous and often serious character of late effects emphasizes the need for specialized cancer survivorship care clinics. Multidisciplinary cancer survivorship care requires a coordinated and well integrated health care environment for risk based screening and intervention. In addition survivors engagement and adherence to the recommendations are also important elements. We developed an innovative model for integrated care for cancer survivors, the “Personalized Cancer Survivorship Care Model”, that is being used in our clinic. This model comprises 1. Personalized follow-up care according to the principles of Person Centered Care, aiming to empower survivors and to support self management, and 2. Organization according to a multidisciplinary and risk based approach. The concept of person centered care is based on three components: initiating, integrating and safeguarding the partnership with the patient. This model has been developed as a universal model of care that will work for all cancer survivors in different health care systems. It could be used for studies to improve self efficacy and the cost-effectiveness of cancer survivorship care.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4
JournalInternational journal of integrated care
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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