Meeting the needs of cancer patients: is there a need for an organizational change?

Meeting the needs of cancer patients: is there a need for an organizational change?

Authors

  • Chiara Foà University Teaching Hospital, Parma, Italy
  • Tiziana Mancini Departmemt of Literature, Arts, History and Society, Parma University, Italy
  • Rossella Prandi Primary Care Trust, Modena, Italy
  • Linda Ghirardi University Teaching Hospital, Parma, Italy
  • Franca De Vincenzi Primary Care Trust, Parma, Italy
  • Maria Cristina Cornelli University Teaching Hospital, Parma, Italy
  • Patrizia Copelli Hospital of Santa Maria Nuova (Reggio Emilia), Italy
  • Giovanna Artioli Hospital of Santa Maria Nuova (Reggio Emilia), Italy

Keywords:

needs, cancer, patient, relative, professional, focus group, interview

Abstract

As stated in the literature the most important needs of cancer patients are not adequately meet. Improving information, communication and education provided have not led to incisive changes in the organizational model of the oncology departments. The study contributes to this direction, by planning an “Integrated Operating Point” (I.O.P.) dedicated to cancer patients and their relatives in Italy. 42 Some professionals, patients and relatives were involved and 42 of them participated in focus group/or interviews. Results of thematic content analysis allow us to sketch out some key elements that I.O.P. should have in order to support cancer patients and their families. Integration of services, continuity of care, and cooperation between professionals involved are key elements that might qualify such organizational development.

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Published

29-01-2016

How to Cite

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Meeting the needs of cancer patients: is there a need for an organizational change?. Acta Biomed [Internet]. 2016 Jan. 29 [cited 2024 Jun. 24];86(3Supp):165-73. Available from: https://mattioli1885journals.com/index.php/actabiomedica/article/view/5156