Healthcare providers’ perspectives on care coordination for adults with cancer and multiple chronic conditions: a systematic review

Treatment for patients with both cancer and multiple chronic conditions (MCC) are inherently complex. Hence, these patients are ideal candidates for shared care between primary care providers (PCP) and oncologists. However, views on the optimal model for care coordination between PCPs and oncologists in the context of cancer and MCC are unclear. Thus, this systematic review evaluated the perceptions of PCPs and oncologists regarding barriers and facilitators to care coordination, as well as their opinions on what is needed to improve current care coordination. Three themes emerged regarding PCP’s and oncologists’ perceived barriers to cancer care coordination: (1) limited findings of physicians’ experiences in MCC care; (2) lack of defined provider roles in cancer care; and (3) lack of comprehensive information sharing, efficient communication methods and clear shared-care plans during care for cancer patients with MCC. These results are consistent with previous reviews and provides insight into providers’ needs in order to overcome barriers and complexities of cancer care coordination and provide high-quality cancer care. 

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