Primary care-led survivorship care for patients with colon cancer and the use of eHealth: A qualitative study on perspectives of general practitioners

Laura A M Duineveld*, Thijs Wieldraaijer, Jan Wind, Irma M Verdonck-de Leeuw, Henk C P M van Weert, Cornelia F X Van Uden-Kraan

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Abstract

Objectives: The aim of this study was to explore the perspectives of general practitioners (GPS) regarding their current and future role in survivorship care of patients with colon cancer, and to assess their perspectives on patients' self-management capacities and the value of the eHealth application Oncokompas2.0 used by patients. Setting: GPS from the central part of the Netherlands were interviewed at their location of preference. Participants: 20 GPS participated (10 men, 10 women, age range 34-65 years, median age 49.5 years). The median years of experience as a GP was 14.5 years (range 3-34 years). Results: GPS indicated attempting to keep in contact with patients after colon cancer treatment and mentioned being aware of symptoms of recurrent disease. Most participants would have liked to be more involved and expected to be able to provide survivorship care of colon cancer. Requirements mentioned were agreements with secondary care and a protocol. GPS considered Oncokompas2.0, which stimulates patients to structure their own survivorship care, as a useful additional tool for a specific group of patients (ie, young and highly-educated patients). Conclusions: Based on the perspectives of the GPS, survivorship care of colon cancer in primary care is deemed feasible and the use of an eHealth application such as Oncokompas2.0 is expected to benefit specific groups of patients after colon cancer treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere010777
JournalBMJ Open
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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