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34th International Conference on Oncology Nursing and Cancer Care

Singapore City, singapore

Danielle Wittal

Danielle Wittal

British Columbia Cancer Agency, British Columbia

Title: Bridging the Gap from the Oncology Setting to Community Care through a cross Canada Environmental Scan

Biography

Biography: Danielle Wittal

Abstract

Due to the growing number of cancer survivors, there is a need to evaluate the provision of follow-up care in order to ensure patients’ needs are met. An environmental scan was conducted, provincially and nationally, which aimed to gain a broader understanding of survivorship care, highlight any trends and report disparities in care during the transition from the oncology to the community setting. The environmental scan involved gathering data from 9 out of 10 provinces using telephone interviews; relevant documentation was sought and obtained to identify areas of good practice. There was a wide variation in practice across the province and some recommendations for improving care are made. Findings emphasize the need to promote increased patient self-management and self-advocacy. Implications from the study indicate that cancer survivorship is a complex topic which requires communication and coordination across services to ensure a seamless transition.