Whole Person Care at the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre

Dugald Seely, Laura Weeks, Gillian Flower, Sarah Young, Anne Pitman, Raina Cordell

Abstract


Objectives: An interprofessional team of healthcare practitioners at the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (OICC) provides individualized and whole person care in an effort to bridge the gap between conventional and complementary cancer care. The objective of this presentation is to describe the population receiving care at the OICC in terms of demographic and disease-related characteristics, in addition to their experience receiving care in terms of therapies received and preliminary outcomes.

Methods: All people receiving care at the OICC are invited to complete a registration package that documents demographic and disease-related characteristics in addition to baseline quality of life (EORTC-QLQ C30), cancer-related symptom (ESAS) and patient-identified concerns or problems (MYCaW). Every 3 months, a follow up assessment is completed for continuing patients.

Results: In the 18 months since opening, more than 600 unique people have received care at the OICC. Most commonly people consult a naturopathic doctor, often in combination with a general practitioner, nutritionist, acupuncturist, physiotherapist, or counselor. The majority of people seek care to manage cancer and treatment-related side effects, including pain, neuropathy, energy, and digestive concerns. Other people are seeking supportive interventions to their prescribed standard care, to control or cure their cancer, or to prevent a recurrence. Approximately one half of people self-identify as under distress for at least one common cancer-related symptom. Preliminary results will be presented regarding quality of life, cancer related symptoms and patient-identified concerns, stratified as possible by age, sex, cancer type, stage and types of treatment received.

Conclusions: The results presented here contribute to an understanding of who seeks integrative and whole person care as well as the growing body of literature regarding potential benefits. Results will be used to guide development of a clinical trial designed to assess the feasibility, safety, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of integrative, whole person cancer care.


Keywords


Whole Person Care

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ISSN: 2291-918X