Achieving coordinated care for patients with complex cases of cancer: A multiteam system approach

Simon J Craddock Lee, Mark A. Clark, John V. Cox, Burton M. Needles, Carole Seigel, Bijal A. Balasubramanian

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Patients with cancer with multiple chronic conditions pose a unique challenge to how primary care and specialty care teams provide well-coordinated, patient-centered care. Effectiveness of these care teams in providing optimal health care depends onthe extent to which they coordinate their goals and knowledge as components of a multiteam system (MTS). This article outlines challenges of care coordination in the context of an MTS, illustrated through the care experience of "Mr Fuentes," a patient in the Dallas County integrated safety-net system, Parkland. As a continuing patient with chronic illnesses, the patient being discussed is managed through one of the Parkland community-oriented primary careclinics. However, a cancer diagnosis triggered an additional needf or augmented coordination between his different provider teams. Further research and practice should investigate the relationships of MTS coordination for shared care management, transfer to and from specialty care, treatment compliance, barriers to care, and health outcomes of chronic comorbid conditions, as well as cancer control and surveillance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1029-1038
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of oncology practice
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Oncology(nursing)
  • Health Policy


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