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Organizational Guidance for the Care of Patients with Head and Neck Cancer in Ontario

Version: 2 ID: GL 5-3ORG Apr 2019
Type of Content: Guidelines & Advice, Health System
Document Status: Current
Authors:
J. Irish,, J. Kim,, J. Waldron,, J. Yoo,, M. Brouwers,, E. Meertens,, S. McNair,, C. Walker-Dilks

Guideline Objective

The purpose of this guideline is to provide advice about the organization and delivery of healthcare services for adult patients with head and neck cancer (not including thyroid cancer).

Patient Population

Adult patients who present with symptoms of, or have been diagnosed with, head and neck malignancies, including advanced salivary and skin, but not thyroid cancer.

Intended Guideline Users

This document is intended for administrators responsible for maintaining, developing, and implementing head and neck cancer programs, as well as oncology healthcare professionals who interact with head and neck cancer patients during the full continuum of care from diagnosis to post-treatment follow-up and rehabilitation.

Research Questions

  1. What minimum requirements are necessary for the organization and delivery of multidisciplinary care to patients with head and neck malignancies, including advanced salivary and skin, but not thyroid cancers? Areas of interest include healthcare teams and unique infrastructure.
  2. What are the recommended staff requirements and expertise required by medical/surgical, nursing, and allied healthcare professionals to provide optimal care for these head and neck patients? Areas of interest include minimum volumes and training to optimize patient outcomes.
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