Abstract

Cancer patients experience a high symptom burden throughout their illness. Quality cancer symptom management has been shown to improve patient quality of life and prevent emergency department use. Cancer Care Ontario introduced standardized symptom screening in Ontario, using the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS) to facilitate patient reporting and management of symptoms. However, patient symptom information is not always sufficiently addressed. To address these gaps, patient and family advisors collaborated with clinicians, administrators and health system leaders from across the Province in a Symptom Management Summit to share perspectives and co-design context-specific solutions to improve care in their region.