Offering a person-centred approach to health-care
The impact of a cancer diagnosis goes far beyond the physical disease. It affects every aspect of a person’s life. The Person-centred Perspective Initiative was created to shift the focus of health-care to a focus on the person and their family living with cancer; engaging with the individuals and addressing gaps in care aspects.
People living with cancer need seamless, well-integrated care that puts them at the centre. However, this is unfortunately not often their experience.
Bridging all stages of the cancer journey
There needs to be a bridge to help information flow throughout entire patient journey — from diagnosis to treatment, to rehabilitation, to recovery, to survivorship, to palliative and possibly to end-of life care. People living with cancer need help moving from cancer treatment reintegrating with primary care and the community or into a hospice for end-of-life care. Advanced care planning, early referral, anticipating needs and appropriate triaging all help improve the patient experience throughout the cancer journey.
How we can put people at the centre of their care
To have a more patient-centred approach, there needs to be regular patient experience reporting. Also health-care providers need access to a pool of validated and standardized patient-centred tools and resources.
Through the Person-centred Perspective Initiative, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is committed to improving the patient experience. We are working with partners across Canada to find the best ways to embed a person-centred perspective throughout a person’s cancer journey.