Are general practitioners getting the information they need from hospitals to manage their lung cancer patients?: A qualitative exploration

Rowlands, Stella, Callen, Joanne and Westbrook, Johanna (2012) Are general practitioners getting the information they need from hospitals to manage their lung cancer patients?: A qualitative exploration. Health Information Management Journal, 41 2: 4-13.

Author Rowlands, Stella
Callen, Joanne
Westbrook, Johanna
Title Are general practitioners getting the information they need from hospitals to manage their lung cancer patients?: A qualitative exploration
Journal name Health Information Management Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1833-3583
1833-3575
Publication date 2012-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 41
Issue 2
Start page 4
End page 13
Total pages 10
Place of publication North Ryde, NSW, Australia
Publisher Health Information Management Association of Australia
Language eng
Abstract The delivery of cancer services is primarily hospital-based; however, General Practitioners (GPs) have a key role to play within the context of a multidisciplinary model of care. In order to fulfill their role in cancer care GPs must receive complete and timely information from appropriate members of the hospital team. The aim of this study was to investigate perceptions of the quality, format and timeliness of the patient information GPs receive from a multidisciplinary hospital-based lung cancer team, and elicit how communication between the team and the GP could be improved. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews with a representative sample (n=22) of members of the hospital team and a sample of GPs (n=8). A grounded theory approach was used to categorise the data. Most communications with GPs were from medical officers; however, GPs desired information from all health professional groups in the hospital-based lung cancer team. Most GPs were dissatisfied with the timing of communication. A multidisciplinary discharge summary was suggested as a means of providing both clinical and social information from the team to the GP. Further developments in electronic health records could improve access to patient information by GPs. Results from this study illustrate the need for GPs to receive information from all members of the multidisciplinary hospital team so that they may fulfill their diverse role in supporting patients through all phases of the cancer journey.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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