Referral Patterns for Gynaecologic Cancers and Precancerous Conditions Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • OBJECTIVES: (1) To determine a gynaecologist's preference for delivering primary surgical care to women with gynaecologic cancer or precancerous conditions; (2) to determine referral patterns for gynaecologic cancers and precancerous conditions; (3) to outline barriers to the current gynaecologic oncology service provision in Ontario; (4) to understand, from a gynaecologist's perspective, the acceptable waiting times from referral to subspecialty consultation; and (5) to determine a gynaecologist's interest in following patients after more specialized management for gynaecologic cancer. METHODS: The survey instrument was designed and pretested. The survey was mailed to 541 gynaecologists in Ontario. RESULTS: The response rate was 49.4%. Of the gynaecologists who responded, 75.3% trained in Ontario; 57.3% had community-based practices; and 55% indicated they surgically treated women with invasive cancers. The invasive cases treated most commonly were endometrial cancer (96.4%), followed by ovarian cancer (86.1%). Ninety-one percent of gynaecologists referred their patients to the closest cancer centre with a gynaecologic oncologist on staff. Seventy-five percent of gynaecologists were interested in delivering follow-up care for women who had treatment for cancer, provided that follow-up guidelines were made available. CONCLUSION: Gynaecologists were interested in providing follow-up care to women who received cancer care by subspecialists. Gynaecologists requested continuing education on gynaecologic cancers and guidelines for follow-up care. Issues surrounding the process of referral and communication with gynaecologists were seen as areas for improvement. The results of this survey will be pivotal in setting goals for a provincial gynaecologic oncology program.

publication date

  • July 2002

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