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Eur J Cancer. 2013 Mar;49(5):1090-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ejca.2012.11.002. Epub 2012 Dec 8.

Supportive care organisation in France: an in depth study by the French speaking association for supportive care in cancer (AFSOS).

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Department of Oncology, Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou, 20 rue Leblanc, Paris, France. florian.scotte@egp.aphp.fr

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Supportive care in cancer (SCC) was further enhanced in the Second National Cancer Act decreed in December 2009. The aim of our study was to assess current SCC efficacy.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

The French speaking association for supportive care in cancer (AFSOS) conducted an observational study to evaluate practices, organisations and information given to patients. A specific 32 point questionnaire was sent to 1621 French physicians (MDs) caring for cancer patients.

RESULTS:

Three different organisations were evaluated: the individual MDs, the transversal team and its particular structure specialised in global patient care specifically developed at comprehensive cancer centres - CCC. During their disease, 68% of patients received SCC, which was more available during the palliative period (90%) than at the diagnosis (44%). Our results found that 71% of cancer departments had a specific interdisciplinary cross-team to provide SCC, particularly in CCC (62%; p=0.01) while 37% had specific inpatient units. A specific organisation dedicated to home care was greater in CCC than in public or private centres (69%, 45%, 20% respectively; p=0.01). Adverse event information was performed more by an oncologist than other specialists (p=0.01).

CONCLUSION:

Our results suggest that the specific SCC organisation could be a useful management tool to improve supportive care for cancer patients.

PMID:
23231983
DOI:
10.1016/j.ejca.2012.11.002
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