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Access to inpatient palliative care among cancer patients in France: an analysis based on the national cancer cohort

Abstract : Background: Closely linked to the concept of supportive care, the integrated model of palliative care (PC) implies identifying, assessing and treating physical and psychological suffering as early as needed, irrespective of patient characteristics. In France, as in the most southern European countries, little is known about the proportion of cancer patients who have access to PC. Accordingly, we aimed in this study to estimate the proportion of cancer patients in France who have access to inpatient PC, and to explore associated factors. We carried out a nationwide retrospective cohort study using data from the French national health system database (SNDS) for all individuals diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and followed between 2013 and 2016. We compared patients who had inpatient PC with those who did not. Results: Of the 313,059 cancer patients included in the national French cancer cohort in 2013, 53,437 (17%) accessed inpatient PC at least once between 2013 and 2016, ranging from 2% in survivors to 56% in the deceased population. Multivariate logistic regression revealed that women and younger patients (18-49 years old) were less likely to access inpatient PC while patients with a greater number of comorbidities, metastatic cancer, or cancer of the nervous system, were more likely to have done so. Conclusions: A negligible proportion of cancer survivors accessed inpatient PC. More research and training are needed to convince healthcare providers, patients, and families about the substantial benefits of PC, and to promote better integration of PC and oncology.
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Asmaa Janah, Christine Le Bihan-Benjamin, Julien Mancini, Anne-Déborah Bouhnik, Philippe-Jean Bousquet, et al.. Access to inpatient palliative care among cancer patients in France: an analysis based on the national cancer cohort. BMC Health Services Research, BioMed Central, 2020, 20 (1), pp.798. ⟨10.1186/s12913-020-05667-8⟩. ⟨inserm-03106272⟩

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