Clinical Management, the Healthcare Team and Patients
Clinical management, the healthcare team and patients are three important topics that are relevant to all areas of cancer care, but that warrant individual discussion. Clinical management is focused on identifying a consistent approach to clinical decision-making. The complexity of cancer requires multi-professional and multi-disciplinary input. We describe the essential cancer team members and detail roles and professions specific to various clinical services. Patients – who are at the centre of the cancer control and care delivery system – have many needs. To provide optimal care, cancer centres must develop strategies for patient information, navigation, education, empowerment and engagement. Such strategies improve the patient experience, the quality and safety of care, and health outcomes.
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