- 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
- 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
- Pilot the feasibility of the cancer nutrition care pathway in clinical practice and make future recommendations for implementation.
Over 5 stages, this project will develop a cancer nutrition care pathway. This pathway will provide an evidence-based framework to guide and improve the provision of nutritional care of patients throughout the care continuum, in particular the transition from acute treatment, into recovery and survivorship. This work will utilise experience based co-design (EBCD) methodology and enable a partnership between consumers (patients and 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, consumers and health professionals will design the cancer nutrition care pathway which ultimately aims to guide and inform effective nutrition care across the patient’s continuum of care based on identified critical components or touchpoints.
Project timeline: Sept 2018-Nov 2019
Cancer Strategy & Development Department of Health and Human Services Victoria
Jenelle Loeliger, Project Manager
Sarah Dewar, Project Officer
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