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Perspectives of Hematology Oncology Clinicians about Integrating Palliative Care in Oncology

by 1,*, 2, 3, 2,3,4, 3 and 2,3,5
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Department of Psychosocial Oncology, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary, Holy Cross Site, 2210–2 Street SW, Calgary, AB T2S 3C3, Canada
2
Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada
3
Department of Oncology, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada
4
Department of Family Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada
5
Department of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada
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Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Curr. Oncol. 2020, 27(6), 313-320; https://doi.org/10.3747/co.27.6305
Received: 9 September 2020 / Revised: 7 October 2020 / Accepted: 11 November 2020 / Published: 1 December 2020
Patients with hematologic malignancies receive palliative care (PC) less frequently and later than patients with solid tumours. We compared survey responses of hematology oncology clinicians with other oncology clinicians to better understand their challenges with providing primary PC or using secondary PC. Patients’ negative perceptions of PC and limited time or competing priorities were challenges for all clinicians. Compared with other oncology clinicians, more hematology oncology clinicians perceived PC referral criteria as too restrictive (40% vs. 22%, p = 0.021) and anticipated that integrating pc supports into their practice would require substantial change (53% vs. 28%, p = 0.014). This study highlights barriers that may need targeted interventions to better integrate pc into the care of patients with hematologic malignancies.
Keywords: hematologic malignancies; clinician perspectives; mixed-methods hematologic malignancies; clinician perspectives; mixed-methods
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Booker, R.; Dunn, S.; Earp, M.A.; Sinnarajah, A.; Biondo, P.D.; Simon, J.E. Perspectives of Hematology Oncology Clinicians about Integrating Palliative Care in Oncology. Curr. Oncol. 2020, 27, 313-320. https://doi.org/10.3747/co.27.6305

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Booker R, Dunn S, Earp MA, Sinnarajah A, Biondo PD, Simon JE. Perspectives of Hematology Oncology Clinicians about Integrating Palliative Care in Oncology. Current Oncology. 2020; 27(6):313-320. https://doi.org/10.3747/co.27.6305

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Booker, R., S. Dunn, M.A. Earp, A. Sinnarajah, P.D. Biondo, and J.E. Simon 2020. "Perspectives of Hematology Oncology Clinicians about Integrating Palliative Care in Oncology" Current Oncology 27, no. 6: 313-320. https://doi.org/10.3747/co.27.6305

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