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Thyroid cancer survivors' perceptions of survivorship care follow-up options: a cross-sectional, mixed-methods survey.

Bender, Jacqueline L; Wiljer, David; Sawka, Anna M; Tsang, Richard; Alkazaz, Nour; Brierley, James D.
Support Care Cancer; 24(5): 2007-2015, 2016 May.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | 2016 | ID: mdl-26530226
Resumo: PURPOSE: This study investigated thyroid cancer (TC) survivors' perceived satisfaction with and perceptions of survivorship care follow-up options. METHODS: Well-differentiated TC (WDTC) patients receiving follow-up care at an academic cancer centre completed a questionnaire assessing perceived satisfaction with follow-up care involving different clinicians and mediated by the Internet (email or videoconference) and their perceptions of these follow-up options. We examined associations between patient characteristics and perceived satisfaction with follow-up care options. Qualitative responses were analysed using conventional content analysis. RESULTS: Two hundred and two respondents completed the questionnaire (80 % response rate). The majority strongly agreed or agreed that they would be satisfied with specialist (surgeon, oncologist, or endocrinologist) follow-up (90.6 %) or a shared-care model that integrates specialists with primary care (67.5 %). One third (32 %) would be satisfied with video-based and 26 % with email-based specialist follow-up, 15 % with primary care alone. Longer time since diagnosis and health-related Internet use were associated with higher perceived satisfaction with Internet-based follow-up. Younger age was associated with higher perceived satisfaction with primary care follow-up. Qualitative responses (n = 145) revealed that survivors need reassurance they are receiving adequate care, regardless of the model or medium. Enablers to primary care and Internet-based follow-up are discussed. CONCLUSIONS: WDTC survivors want specialists involved in their follow-up. A specialist/primary care shared-care approach appears to be a suitable alternative to specialist-led follow-up for TC survivors. Internet-based visits could address some aspects of follow-up care for some WDTC survivors. Future work should examine patient and provider requirements for shared, multi-modal survivorship care.