The role of the GP in follow-up cancer care: a systematic literature review

Meiklejohn, Judith A., Mimery, Alexander, Martin, Jennifer H., Bailie, Ross, Garvey, Gail, Walpole, Euan T., Adams, Jon, Williamson, Daniel and Valery, Patricia C. (2016) The role of the GP in follow-up cancer care: a systematic literature review. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, . doi:10.1007/s11764-016-0545-4


Author Meiklejohn, Judith A.
Mimery, Alexander
Martin, Jennifer H.
Bailie, Ross
Garvey, Gail
Walpole, Euan T.
Adams, Jon
Williamson, Daniel
Valery, Patricia C.
Title The role of the GP in follow-up cancer care: a systematic literature review
Journal name Journal of Cancer Survivorship   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-2267
1932-2259
Publication date 2016-05-02
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11764-016-0545-4
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Total pages 22
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose: The purpose of the present study is to explore the role of the general practitioners, family physicians and primary care physicians (GP) in the provision of follow-up cancer care.

Methods: PubMed, MEDLINE and CINAHL were systematically searched for primary research focussing on the role of the GP from the perspective of GPs and patients. Data were extracted using a standardised form and synthesised using a qualitative descriptive approach.

Results: The initial search generated 6487 articles: 25 quantitative and 33 qualitative articles were included. Articles focused on patients’ and GPs’ perspectives of the GP role in follow-up cancer care. Some studies reported on the current role of the GP, barriers and enablers to GP involvement from the perspective of the GP and suggestions for future GP roles. Variations in guidelines and practice of follow-up cancer care in the primary health care sector exist. However, GPs and patients across the included studies supported a greater GP role in follow-up cancer care. This included greater support for care coordination, screening, diagnosis and management of physical and psychological effects of cancer and its treatment, symptom and pain relief, health promotion, palliative care and continuing normal general health care provision.

Conclusion: While there are variations in guidelines and practice of follow-up cancer care in the primary health care sector, GPs and patients across the reviewed studies supported a greater role by the GP.

Implications for Cancer Survivors:
Greater GP role in cancer care could improve the quality of patient care for cancer survivors. Better communication between the tertiary sector and GP across the cancer phases would enable clear delineation of roles.
Keyword Cancer
Follow-up
General practitioner
Primary health
Role
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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