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Care of the haematology patient and their family : the GP viewpoint

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 authored by Pamela McgrathPamela Mcgrath
BACKGROUND: General practitioners play an important role in both the care of patients diagnosed with a haematological malignancy, and their families, along the continuum of care from the point of diagnosis to bereavement. There is scant research available on this experience from the GP perspective. This article presents insights from GPs who participated in a national study to develop a model of care in haematology. METHOD: Data was collected for this descriptive phenomenological study through open ended interviews. The two GP interviews were part of a national sample (n=96) from four states involving a diverse cross section of health professionals and consumers. RESULTS: The findings outline the GPs’ perspective on their roles, provides insight into their concerns, and makes suggestions for ensuring quality work with haematology patients and their families. DISCUSSION: The insights indicate that GPs want to be involved along the continuum of care and because of their holistic knowledge of the patient and their family, are well placed to provide leadership in the coordination of community based care.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

36

Issue

9

Start Page

2007)

ISSN

0300-8495

Location

Sydney, NSW

Publisher

Royal Australian College of General Practioners

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health; Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR); International Program of Psycho-Social Health Research;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Australian family physician.