Il bambino con patologia tumorale. L’esperienza dei pediatri di libera scelta del Friuli-Venezia giulia
MARIO DEVETTA per il Gruppo di Ricerca della Società Italiana di Pediatria, Sezione FVG
Pediatra di libera scelta, Udine
FAMILY PAEDIATRICIANS AND CHILDREN WITH CANCER
Key words: Cancer, Family paediatrician, Diagnosis, Case-management
63 family paediatricians (FPs) of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region have been involved in a survey
aimed at investigating their role in the diagnosis and case-management of 65 cases of
childhood cancer, including their relationship with the family and the tertiary care centre. In
75% of cases the FPs played a crucial role in the diagnosis. FPs were actively and regularly
involved in the case-management. However, the survey showed that the collaboration
between the FPs and the tertiary care centre can be improved: the latter only rarely informs
the FPs about diagnostic confirmation and FPs do not participate in the communication of diagnosis.
Based on these findings, a project to involve peripheral hospitals and FPs in the care
of children with cancer and to expand the opportunities for home care has been developed.