Caring for cancer survivors: Perspectives of oncologists, general practitioners and patients in Italy

Fabio Puglisi, Elisa Agostinetto, Lorenzo Gerratana, Claudia Bozza, Maurizio Cancian, Elisabetta Iannelli, Giovanni Ratti, Saverio Cinieri, Gianmauro Numico

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Abstract

Aim: The present survey investigates the views of medical oncologists, general practitioners (GPs) and patients about the various surveillance strategies. Methods: An online survey was conducted in Italy on a population of 329 medical oncologists, 380 GPs and 350 patients. Results: Most of GPs (n = 291; 76%) claim that follow-up should be provided by the collaboration between GPs and medical oncologists. Most medical oncologists report to have a poor relationship with GPs (n = 151; 46%) or no relationships at all (n = 14; 4%). Most patients believe there is no real collaboration between medical oncologists and GPs (n = 138; 54%). Conclusion: GPs, medical oncologists and patients share the idea that the collaboration between oncologists and GPs for surveillance of cancer survivors is poor and should be improved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-248
Number of pages16
JournalFuture Oncology
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2017

Keywords

  • cancer survivors
  • follow-up
  • general practitioners
  • oncologists
  • patients
  • surveillance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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    Puglisi, F., Agostinetto, E., Gerratana, L., Bozza, C., Cancian, M., Iannelli, E., Ratti, G., Cinieri, S., & Numico, G. (2017). Caring for cancer survivors: Perspectives of oncologists, general practitioners and patients in Italy. Future Oncology, 13(3), 233-248. https://doi.org/10.2217/fon-2016-0383