The second paper, which is published in full on the Longwoods Review website, reports on important efforts to examine the status of cancer patient education in Canada. Telephone interviews were conducted with the leadership of the formal Canadian Cancer Centres and Clinics (CCCs). Accrediting bodies such as the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations in the United States and the Canadian Council on Service Accreditation are increasingly interested in developing guidelines for patient education. In this paper, Freidman et al. report on both past and future efforts to create a Comprehensive Patient Education Network (CPEN) in Canada. In fact, in 2003 a CPEN Canada proposal was endorsed by the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies, the interprovincial organization representing provincial/territorial cancer agencies and programs engaged in cancer control. These are critical steps that will lead to the development of national standards and guidelines for cancer patients' education.
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