A systematic review of models of care for the follow-up of childhood cancer survivors

Morag Heirs*, Sara Anita Rodgers, Russell Slack, Kate Light, Faith Gibson, Adam Glaser, Mike Hawkins, Robert Phillips

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Follow-up care for survivors of childhood cancer is increasingly seen as a priority service as numbers of survivors increase. Despite this there are few published evaluations of the available options. We conducted a systematic review of published and unpublished literature. Seven uncontrolled studies, and one comparative study of a related intervention, were identified. Observational data suggest that follow-up care was useful even for patients who did not perceive this as a need. Suitably powered, well-conducted, controlled trials of adequate duration that directly compare follow-up models are required to provide robust evidence on the optimal care for these patients. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2013; 60: 351-356. (C) 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-356
Number of pages6
JournalPediatric blood & cancer
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013


  • survivorship
  • health services research
  • cancer follow-up
  • health services evaluation
  • paediatric cancer
  • systematic review

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