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Improving Cancer Survival and Reducing Treatment Variations with Protocols for Emergency Care (ICARE) – SIP 19-007

University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System Catwalk


The Improving Cancer Survival and Reducing Treatment Variations with Protocols for Emergency Care (ICARE) study seeks to improve outcomes for cancer survivors receiving episodic care within the Emergency Department as well as decrease the associated health disparities associated with decreased survivorship stemming from lack of compliance with post–cancer surveillance recommendations and guidelines.  There is increasing data suggesting that emergency department care coordination and treatment protocols are associated with better outcomes among cancer patients.  This project will implement implement evidence-based treatment protocols into the evaluation and management of cancer patients seeking care in the Emergency Department. In addition, through the use of cancer navigators placed within the Emergency Department and the establishment of a new UI Health Cancer Survivorship clinic, ICARE will develop a model of care that will be portable to other emergency departments, improving quality of life and overall care for survivors. Through the existing partnerships with the UI Health Cancer Center, Mile Square Health center (a FQHC), and the ED–base Clinical Decision Unit, we are confident that we will improve cancer care engagement both locally and on a national level.

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