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Patel MI, Periyakoil VS, Blayney DW, Moore D, Nevedal A, Asch S, Milstein A, Coker TR. Redesigning Cancer Care Delivery: Views From Patients and Caregivers. Journal of oncology practice / American Society of Clinical Oncology. 2017 Apr 1; 13(4):e291-e302.
INTRODUCTION: Cancer is a leading cause of death in the United States. Although treatments have improved, patients and caregivers continue to report significant gaps in their care. The objective of this study was to examine the views of patients and caregivers on their experiences with current cancer care delivery and identify key strategies to improve the delivery of care. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Semistructured interviews were conducted with 75 patients and 45 caregivers across the United States. The interviews were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed using constant comparative method of qualitative analysis. RESULTS: Participants reported multiple gaps in care delivery, including barriers in health communication with health care providers, lack of elucidation of care goals, lack of care coordination, and challenges in accessing care. Participants identified that greater use of nonphysician providers and alternative formats, such as telephone-based care and home and community-based care, would narrow these gaps. CONCLUSION: Understanding patients'' and caregivers'' experiences with gaps in cancer care delivery can inform cancer care delivery redesign efforts and lead to targeted interventions that result in patient-centered and family-oriented care.