Improving the quality of care for patients with advanced epithelial ovarian cancer: Program components, implementation barriers, and recommendations
The high lethality of ovarian cancer in the United States and associated complexities of the patient journey across the cancer care continuum warrant an assessment of current practices and barriers to quality care in the United States. The objectives of this study were to identify and assess key components in the provision of high-quality care delivery for patients with ovarian cancer, identify challenges in the implementation of best practices, and develop corresponding quality-related recommendations to guide multidisciplinary ovarian cancer programs and practices. This multiphase ovarian cancer quality-care initiative was guided by a multidisciplinary expert steering committee, including gynecologic oncologists, pathologists, a genetic counselor, a nurse navigator, social workers, and cancer center administrators. Key partnerships were also established. A collaborative approach was adopted to develop comprehensive recommendations by identifying ideal quality-of-care program components in advanced epithelial ovarian cancer management. The core program components included: care coordination and patient education, prevention and screening, diagnosis and initial management, treatment planning, disease surveillance, equity in care, and quality of life. Quality-directed recommendations were developed across 7 core program components, with a focus on ensuring high-quality ovarian cancer care delivery for patients through improved patient education and engagement by addressing unmet medical and supportive care needs. Implementation challenges were described, and key recommendations to overcome barriers were provided. The recommendations emerging from this initiative can serve as a comprehensive resource guide for multidisciplinary cancer practices, providers, and other stakeholders working to provide quality-directed cancer care for patients diagnosed with ovarian cancer and their families.
Temkin, S., Smeltzer, M., Dawkins, M., Boehmer, L., Senter, L., Black, D., Blank, S., Yemelyanova, A., Magliocco, A., Finkel, M., Moore, T., & Thaker, P. (2022). Improving the quality of care for patients with advanced epithelial ovarian cancer: Program components, implementation barriers, and recommendations. Cancer, 128 (4), 654-664. https://doi.org/10.1002/cncr.34023