Pediatra di libera scelta, Udine
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.
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