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Next-Generation Cancer Rehabilitation: A Giant Step Forward for Patient Care

Alfano, Catherine M., PhD1; Pergolotti, Mackenzi, PhD, OTR/L2

doi: 10.1097/rnj.0000000000000174
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Purpose The aim of the study was to review the current state of cancer rehabilitation evidence and practice and delineate an agenda for building the future of cancer rehabilitation care.

Findings Despite the benefits of cancer rehabilitation interventions and the unmet needs among patients with cancer, very few patients receive these services.

Conclusions Interdisciplinary cancer rehabilitation should be implemented from diagnosis forward. Building this care involves coordinating efforts in four critical areas: innovating cancer rehabilitation care delivery, expanding the team of providers, creating precision medicine cancer rehabilitation, and demonstrating the value of cancer rehabilitation to drive referrals and reimbursement.

Clinical Relevance Creating next-generation cancer rehabilitation care has the potential to improve the lives of the growing population of cancer survivors.

1 American Cancer Society, Inc., Washington, DC, USA.

2 Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Health and Human Services, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA.

Correspondence: Catherine M. Alfano, American Cancer Society, Inc., 555 11th Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20004. E-mail: Catherine.Alfano@cancer.org

Cite this article as: Alfano, C. M., & Pergolotti, M. (2018). Next-generation cancer rehabilitation: A giant step forward for patient care. Rehabilitation Nursing, 43(4), 186–194. doi: 10.1097/rnj.0000000000000174

© 2018 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.
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