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Process Outcome Measures of Patients with Head and Neck, Thoracic, and Gynecologic Malignancies Seen in the Multidisciplinary Cancer Care Clinic

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Title: Process Outcome Measures of Patients with Head and Neck, Thoracic, and Gynecologic Malignancies Seen in the Multidisciplinary Cancer Care Clinic
Authors: Tsuruoka, Perry
Advisor: Codier, Estelle
Keywords: multidisciplinary cancer care
process outcomes
quality of care
Issue Date: 26 Sep 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: Cancer was second leading cause of death in the United States in 2010, second only to cardiovascular disease. Currently, more than 13 million people are living with some form of cancer in the United States. Over 1.6 million new cases of cancer were estimated in 2013 alone and approximately 580,000 cancer patients died from their disease in the same year. Cancer is unfortunately a very prominent disease in the U.S., but many treatment options are available for cancer patients. One method of treatment involves the use of multidisciplinary clinics (MDCs). The MDC approach has the patient at the center of a team consisting of members such as physicians, nurses, and other ancillary staff who convene multiple times across all phases of cancer treatment and is widely utilized in cancer care. However, limited empirical evidence exists on the efficacy of the MDC approach in cancer care. While other studies have shown positive correlations between quality of care and patient outcomes from the utilization of MDCs in chronic disease, little information was found reporting positive patient outcomes and quality of care in relation to cancer MDCs. Therefore, this study was undertaken to explore the relationship of quality of care and patient outcomes with the care delivered in a cancer care MDC and analyzed findings using descriptive and inferential statistics.
Pages/Duration: iv, 27 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/33934
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