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Evaluation

Shared care is an innovative model of care that shares the delivery of follow-up care after early breast cancer between the GP and the specialist.

The Shared care demonstration project is an innovative project to implement and evaluate a model of shared follow-up care, between specialists and GPs, for patients with early breast cancer or DCIS.

Below are some frequently asked questions for health professionals and women with specific information about the evaluation of the Shared care demonstration project.

What is being evaluated?

The Shared care demonstration project evaluation aims to test the feasibility, acceptability and cost of the shared model of care and assess whether shared follow-up care is delivered according to best practice.

The evaluation is guided by 3 high level questions:

  1. Is a shared care delivery model for follow-up of women after completion of hospital-based treatment for early breast cancer acceptable to women, specialists and the primary care team?
  2. Is the cost of delivery of shared follow-up care comparable to the existing model of follow-up care?
  3. Does a shared care model for follow-up support the delivery of best practice follow-up care according to guidelines?

How is shared care being evaluated?

Quantitative and qualitative data will be collected from primary care teams, specialists and women participating in shared follow-up care. Demonstration sites, specialists and GPs will be collecting data to inform the project evaluation.

Acceptability will be assessed through surveys and interviews of specialists, GPs and patients.

Cost differences between shared follow-up care and specialist-led follow-up care will be assessed through process mapping.

The delivery of best-practice follow-up care will be assessed using data collected from the patient’s Shared Care Plan.
 

How will evaluation data be collected?

Data collection is crucial to assess the feasibility of the shared follow-up care model, including acceptability to general practitioners, specialists and patients.

Women and health professionals who participate in the project will be surveyed to hear about their experiences of shared care.

Data collection from follow-up visits with general practitioners and specialists will contribute to the evaluation data collected by demonstration sites. GPs and specialists participating in the project will be asked to contribute to data collection by entering data from the Shared Care Plan into a short online survey.

The data collection information sheet (pdf 198 kB) contains instructions for completing a short online survey to record data after each follow-up visit with patients participating in the Shared care demonstration project. The survey takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

Please note that individual participants will not be identified in any published information.
 

How will evaluation data be used?

The Shared care demonstration project is expected to deliver a new model for follow-up care after treatment for early breast cancer. At the end of the project, the overall findings will be published. This will include making information available on the Cancer Australia website and may include providing recommendations to the Australian Government about shared follow-up care.

Please note that individual participants will not be identified in any published information.
 

Contact details

For support to complete the online survey, please contact your local site coordinator.