What do primary care providers think about implementing breast cancer survivorship care?

This qualitative study investigated the barriers and facilitators to implementing breast cancer survivorship care in primary care in southeastern Ontario. 10 GPs and 9 nurse practitioners participated in semi-structured interviews. They identified three major challenges which related to providing breast cancer survivorship care: inconsistent educational preparation, provider anxieties and the burden on primary care. The three major strengths identified were: tools and technology, empowering survivors and optimising nursing roles. Findings from this qualitative study support the current literature, that continuing medical education for survivorship care needs to be available for GPs. Addressing barriers to implementation and building
on the identified strengths could ultimately improve the quality of breast cancer survivorship care in primary care.

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