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Diversity of interpretations of the concept ‘patient-centered care for breast cancer patients’; a scoping review of current literature
  • Ingeborg Engelberts,
  • Elise Pel,
  • Maartje Schermer
Ingeborg Engelberts
Erasmus Medical Center

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Elise Pel
Erasmus Medical Center
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Maartje Schermer
Erasmus Medical Center
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Abstract Rationale, aims and objectives Patient-centered care is considered as a vital component of good quality of care for breast cancer patients. Nevertheless, the implementation of this valuable theoretical concept into practice appears to be difficult. The goal of this study was to bridge the gap between the theoretical elaboration of ‘patient-centered care’ and clinical practice. For that purpose, the current application of the term ‘patient-centered care in breast cancer treatment’ was deduced from present-day literature. Method The methodology of a scoping review was employed. Results A notable lack of consistency in use of the term ‘patient-centered care’ is demonstrated in recent literature concerning breast cancer treatment. We also observe an unambiguous positive vision on this rather vague concept. Conclusions Contrary to previous efforts to define ‘patient-centered care’ more narrowly, we propose to embrace the heterogeneity of this concept and apply ‘patient-centered care’ as an umbrella-term for all healthcare that (intends to) contribute to the acknowledgement of the person in the patient. For the justification of measures to realize patient-centered care, we insist on the demonstration of desirable real-world effects, instead of a mere contribution to this abstract term.
31 Jul 2020Submitted to Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
31 Aug 2020Submission Checks Completed
31 Aug 2020Assigned to Editor
01 Sep 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
05 Oct 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
05 Oct 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Major
11 Nov 20201st Revision Received
17 Nov 2020Submission Checks Completed
17 Nov 2020Assigned to Editor
19 Nov 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
21 Dec 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
21 Dec 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Major
12 Jan 20212nd Revision Received
13 Jan 2021Submission Checks Completed
13 Jan 2021Assigned to Editor
13 Jan 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
17 Feb 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
17 Feb 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Major
23 Apr 20213rd Revision Received
26 Apr 2021Submission Checks Completed
26 Apr 2021Assigned to Editor
27 Apr 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
27 Apr 2021Editorial Decision: Accept