2019: Article in press
Review

Transitional Care Model for Patients with Acromegaly

Pulaski-Liebert KJ
Neuroendocrine and Pituitary Tumor Clinical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA
Yedinak C
Northwest Pituitary Center, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, USA
Published May 27, 2019
Keywords
  • Acromegaly,
  • Transitional care model,
  • Nursing,
  • Health-related outcomes,
  • Quality of life

Abstract

The long-term care of acromegaly patients is associated with numerous challenges, including frequent monitoring, parenteral drug administration, chronic comorbidities, treatment-related adverse events and limited specialty care centers. Improving health-related outcomes can be hindered by gaps in collaboration across various health care settings. An Acromegaly Nurse Consensus Panel comprising highly experienced endocrine nurses to review this problem. Close collaboration between specialty care centers with community care settings may improve the overall quality of care received by acromegaly patients. Carefully transitioning care for patients with chronic illnesses may improve their physical functioning, quality of life, and treatment satisfaction among patients and caregivers.