Optimising the cancer nutrition path: The CanEAT pathway

AIMS

  1. To develop an understanding of the experience and needs of consumers (patients/carers) regarding nutrition care across the cancer care continuum through a cross-sectional survey and focus groups/individual semi-structured interviews  
  2. Consumers (patients/carers) and multidisciplinary oncology health professionals will co-design a cancer nutrition care pathway to guide and improve the provision of nutritional care of patients throughout the cancer care continuum 
  3. Pilot the feasibility of the cancer nutrition care pathway in clinical practice and make future recommendations for implementation.

SUMMARY

Completed over 5 stages, this project has developed a cancer nutrition care pathway (known as the CanEAT pathway). This pathway provides an evidence-based framework to guide and improve the provision of nutritional care of people with cancer, throughout the care continuum, in particular the transition from acute treatment, into recovery and survivorship. This work utilised experience based co-design (EBCD) methodology and enabled a strong partnership to be developed between people with cancer, carers and health professionals. EBCD is an approach to service improvement where individual patients tell the story of their experience of care, then patients and health professionals work together in a collaborative change process (co-design) to identify areas for improvement and design changes to services. Collectively, people with cancer, carers and health professionals have designed The CanEAT pathway which aims to guide and inform effective nutrition care across the continuum of care based on identified critical components or touchpoints.

See the The CanEAT pathway.

See the CanEAT pathway and MST infographic for people with cancer and their carers and the CanEAT pathway and MST infographic for health professionals.

Project timeline: Sept 2018-Nov 2019

Next steps: new funding has been secured in 2020 for the iCanEAT project which will focus on the implementation of the CanEAT pathway for people with cancer, carers and health professionals. More details to come soon. 

SPONSOR

Peter Mac

FUNDING

Cancer Strategy & Development, Department of Health and Human Services Victoria

TEAM

Jenelle Loeliger, Project Manager

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Sarah Dewar, Project Officer (2018-19 pathway project)

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Please email us for more information about our steering committee members, details of the project and/or how to get involved.