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Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement


Towards a personalized support necessary but complex to implement. The exemple of oncogeriatric care Volume 17, issue 4, Décembre 2019

1 Laboratoire de psychopathologie et neuropsychologie (EA2027), Université Paris VIII, France
2 Inseec Business School, directeur de MSc « Directeur des établissements de santé », Inseec Paris, France
3 Accueil cancer de la ville de Paris (ACVP), Paris, France
* Correspondance

The considerable developments in the field of oncology have led to increased life expectancy and are contributing to conceptual changes in the care and management of patients. As such, the introduction of supportive care represents the archetype of a new “person-centred” approach and its characteristic needs. While the chronicity of the disease reflects advances in treatment, it also raises questions about a particularly long, cumbersome and painful treatment process for an aging and vulnerable population. In this perspective, the emergence of oncogeriatrics reflects the desire to personalize support and to take greater account of the specific needs of the elderly population. However, oncogeriatrics, a relatively new discipline, remains unstructured in the field. The dynamics of humanizing care inevitably come up against complex clinical situations, requiring reflection on its interest and limitations in its application. Thus, the purpose of this article is to propose an inventory of oncogeriatric care by raising a complex articulation between “theory of care” and “its implementation in the field”.