Integrated care improves outcomes for older cancer patients

Led by Dr Wee-Kheng Soo from Monash University’s Eastern Health Clinical School, the randomised trial incorporated 154 patients aged 70 or older who were about to receive cancer treatment (such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy). The patients were assessed for specific health issues experienced by older people, such as physical limitations and polypharmacy, when they were about to undertake treatment.

The results of the integrated care approach showed better quality of life for patients as well as fewer hospitalisations, with a reduction in emergency presentations by 39 per cent, unplanned hospital admissions by 43 per cent and overnight stays in a hospital bed by 24 per cent.

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