Study to test a model of cancer survivorship care in primary care practices
Source / Disclosures
Klemp J. Engaging the cancer survivor in self-management: a researcher’s perspective. Presented at: Cancer Center Survival Research Forum (virtual meeting); April 15-16, 2021.
Disclosures: Klemp reports consulting roles at AstraZeneca and Pfizer and a lecturer role at Pfizer.
An NCI-funded project aims to support and improve cancer survivorship care provided by primary care physicians.
“The patient is the locus of control”, Jennifer Klemp, PhD, MPH, MS, Principal investigator of Kansurvive, a study testing a model of survival care in rural practices, said in her presentation at the Cancer Center Virtual Survival Research Forum. “If we want them to participate in self-management, we have to have an effective system around them. Our goal for this project is to help providers and their teams improve the care and monitoring of cancer survivors.
According to the Kansurvive website, the goals of the project are to assess gaps in the continuum of care; enable evidence-based care using the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) project, its telementoring program; and mapping the workflow / data capacities of rural practices. Currently, 72% of cancer survivors in Kansas receive their survival care through primary care providers.
“This is an important project because we are testing some things that I think will be generalizable,” said Klemp, who is also a professor and director of cancer survival at the University of Kansas Cancer Center. “We need to map the continuum of care to make sure it is functional and benefits cancer survivors.”
Klemp said the first phase of Kansurvive includes structured workflow assessments to identify gaps in care while determining the continuing education needed to implement high-quality survival care into primary care practices in the setting. rural. These data will then be integrated into the program of the ECHO project. In the second phase, Kansurvive will test ECHO’s intervention and identify obstacles to its implementation.
The project will also focus on delineating the roles of primary care providers and oncologists and will emphasize the importance of risk stratification when following cancer survivors. Kansurvive is currently focused on improving the care of patients with breast, colorectal, prostate and lung cancer.
“We have done [the intervention] very user-friendly and survey-based, as non-intrusive as possible, ”Klemp said. “We’re trying to take the best practices for managing a cancer survivor and combine them with the best practices in primary care.”