COVID-19s silver lining—improving cancer care
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted unprecedented changes in cancer care in Australia, with high-value practices across all levels set to continue post-pandemic, adding considerably to optimal cancer care, according to the authors of a consensus statement published today by the Medical Journal of Australia.
Cancer Australia held a virtual roundtable in July 2020 comprising thirty leading Australian cancer experts and consumers, which explored 12 elements of cancer care that have changed during the pandemic. The discussion focused on the impact of these changes, and strategies to retain, enhance, and embed high-value modifications into practice.
“Health systems and health care professionals have demonstrated a remarkable ability to rapidly adapt or modify care practices to deliver optimal cancer care, while minimizing risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection and optimizing health system resources,” said Professor Dorothy Keefe, CEO of Cancer Australia.
“A range of strategies has been identified to enhance and embed these high value changes in cancer care during the pandemic and in a post-pandemic environment.”
“These strategies allow flexibility for jurisdictions, organizations and individuals to address these priorities in ways that suit their local context and workforce capacity.”
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