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Healthcare 2016, 4(4), 88; doi:10.3390/healthcare4040088

A Holistic Model of Care to Support Those Living with and beyond Cancer

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School of Social Work, Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115, USA
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Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA 02115, USA
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Faculty of Arts, Business & Law, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast, QLD 4556, Australia
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School of Nursing, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast, QLD 4556, Australia
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Bloomhill Cancer Care, Sunshine Coast, QLD 4556, Australia
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Academic Editors: Helen Noble and Joanne Reid
Received: 21 July 2016 / Revised: 14 October 2016 / Accepted: 11 November 2016 / Published: 18 November 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Holistic Needs of Those Living with and beyond Breast Cancer)
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Abstract

Background: Globally, the burden of cancer continues to increase and it is well-documented that while not a homogeneous population, cancer patients and cancer survivors face many physical, psychological, social, spiritual, and financial issues. Cancer care is shifting from a disease-focused to a patient-centered approach resulting in an increased need to address these concerns. Methods: Utilizing a quality improvement approach, this paper describes an integrated cancer care model at Bloomhill Cancer Center (BCC) in Queensland, Australia that demonstrates the ability to meet the holistic needs of patients living with and beyond cancer and to identify opportunities for better practice and service provision. Results: Survey results indicate that 67% and 77% of respondents were very satisfied and 27% and 17% were satisfied with their first contact and very satisfied with their first meeting with a nurse at BCC. Clients also reported being very satisfied (46%) or satisfied (30%) with the emotional support they received at BCC and over 90% were very satisfied or satisfied with the touch therapies that the received. Conclusion: Due to the early success of the interventions provided by BCC, the model potentially offers other states and countries a framework for supportive cancer care provision for people living with and beyond cancer. View Full-Text
Keywords: cancer; survivorship; holistic care; model; Australia cancer; survivorship; holistic care; model; Australia
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Cadet, T.; Davis, C.; Elks, J.; Wilson, P. A Holistic Model of Care to Support Those Living with and beyond Cancer. Healthcare 2016, 4, 88.

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