Evaluating supportive cancer care: are we missing an opportunity?
Cancer care can be described as a system or complex network of interventions delivered at various times and places with different intentions.
Cancer care as a system
Cancer care can include medical treatments, psychosocial care, complementary and alternative medicine, self-care, as well as the process of healing and the context in which care is delivered.
Evaluating cancer care
Whereas evaluating individual cancer treatments can be difficult, evaluating cancer care is even more challenging and requires a research framework that relies on methodologies capable of addressing its holistic, individualized, and complex nature.
We suggest that research frameworks focused on studying complex or whole systems are a promising evaluation approach and an opportunity for further exploration.
KeywordsCancer care Whole systems research Complex systems Research methods
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