Chinese Medical Sciences Journal ›› 2018, Vol. 33 ›› Issue (4): 204-209.doi: 10.24920/003523

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Value-based Practice: Integration of Cancer Rehabilitation and Palliative Care in Oncology Services

Zhu Yi   

  1. American College of Radiology, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
  • Received:2018-09-28 Accepted:2018-10-22 Online:2018-12-30 Published:2019-01-10

Abstract:

Value-based care model has been evolving to organize medical services around the patient and provide the full cycle of care for a medical condition. The full cycle of care model encompasses inpatient, outpatient, rehabilitation as well as supportive care such as palliative care and nutrition support. Cancer rehabilitation and palliative care have emerged as two important parts of value-based practice for oncology patients. More clinical evidence suggests that early intervention of oncology rehabilitation program and palliative care are likely to improve the patient outcome and reduce the overall medical cost for the patient and his or her family as well as for medical service providers. Although interest has been raised in Chinese oncologists, but effectiveness of incorporating these two services in clinical practices has not been adequately demonstrated. An understanding of scope of cancer rehabilitation and palliative care may help facilitate the integration of both into the oncology care continuum in efforts to improve patients’ physical, psychological, cognitive, functional health and quality of life.

Key words: cancer rehabilitation, palliative care, hospice, disability, quality of life

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