- Few oncologists and specialists promote healthy lifestyles to cancer survivors, despite the recommendation in 2018 and 2019 guidelines.
Why this matters
- Mixed-method survey of 30 primary care physicians (PCPs), 30 oncologists, and 31 specialists (urologists, dermatologists, and gynecologists).
- Funding: NIH.
- 26.7% of oncologists and 9.7% of specialists reported ever recommending health promotion (e.g., weight loss, smoking cessation) to cancer survivors vs 90% of PCPs (P<.001 style="list-style-type:circle;">
- Oncologists and specialists were also less likely to provide relevant referrals (P<.01>
- 92.3% overall would not discuss health promotion in patients with comorbid cardiometabolic disease.
- Positive factors included perceived patient benefit and integrated health-promotion resources.
- Single Midwestern health care system.