Revised Survivorship Care Plan Template Reduces Time and Resource Commitments
Published by Value-Based Cancer Care, this article discusses the suggested revised survivorship care plan template to facilitate communication between patients and providers after treatment. It is hoped that the revised template will address the time burden and other barriers to use of survivorship care plans. Read the article.
Composing a CoC-Compliant Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)
A community health needs assessment (CHNA) is a requirement for several Commission on Cancer (CoC) cancer program standards. The CHNA can also provide direction and validation for various program activities, including navigation. Read the article published by Oncology Nurse Advisor to learn more about creating a CHNA that is CoC-compliant.
Coaching Patients in the Use of Decision and Communication Aids: Re-Aim Evaluation of a Patient Support Program
Cancer patients are often overwhelmed by treatment options and have trouble making decisions and communicating with providers about their care. In this article published in BMC Health Services Research, researchers provided coaching and support to patients using decision and communication aids to prepare for and use during appointments when major treatment decisions need to be made. Learn more.
Preliminary Study Shows Dramatic Trend of Cost Savings in Lay Navigation Program for Cancer Patients
This article published by MedicalXpress describes an observational study evaluating the cost savings for the University of Alabama (UAB) Comprehensive Cancer Center as a result of the implementation of a non-clinically licensed patient navigation program. By addressing barriers to treatment, navigators were able to reduce the number of emergency room visits and days spent in intensive care for patients as well as patients' overall utilization of resources. Find out more.
Providers' Perspectives on Addressing Health Risk Behaviors and Mental Health among Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer
Literature suggests that young adult childhood cancer survivors understand the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, but often do not make healthy behavior choices. In this qualitative study published in the American Journal of Clinical Cancer Research, researchers interviewed providers to determine their perspective on the health behaviors and psychosocial issues for this population. Read the article.