Making integrated, multidisciplinary care a reality
An essential element of improving our response to cancer is listening to the patient perspective. HPP worked with members of All.Can on the All.Can patient survey, which found that lack of coordination or appropriate information on the far-reaching impact of cancer on patients’ lives – physically, emotionally, mentally and financially – had a deep effect on their experience of care, and their potential outcomes.
Current models of care and services do not adequately address all these needs – and a multidisciplinary approach to care is, sadly, not on offer to all patients. For many people, cancer has become a chronic disease. And as with many other chronic conditions, the need for information, care and support does not stop after the patient leaves the hospital. New models of care are required, with greater integration between hospital and community services, to ensure every person with cancer gets the care they need.
This is an exciting time in the fight against cancer, with the Beating Cancer Plan and the Horizon Europe cancer mission making ambitious strides towards reducing the burden of cancer on people, systems and societies. A careful balance will be needed to ensure that while we push for investment in exciting innovations, we never lose sight of the fundamentals, such as meeting people’s needs for information, psychological support and well-coordinated care.
Through our research at HPP, we have seen evidence of promising work in all these areas, and we are delighted to be able to contribute to international approaches to tackle this urgent healthcare issue.
The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of The Health Policy Partnership.