Navigation Links
Penn Medicine study shows survivorship care plans empower cancer patients
Date:8/20/2013

PHILADELPHIA In 2005, the Institute of Medicine, surveying the outlook for the growing number of American cancer survivors, first described the idea of a survivorship care plan: a roadmap for the group of patients, today numbering nearly 12 million, who are beginning new lives as cancer survivors.

Care plans aims to arm cancer survivors with a customized road map for their lives as cancer survivors: tips for follow-up screenings, information about possible late effects of their therapies, and pointers on fertility or financial issues they may face in the future. The plans also seek to enhance communication between health care providers and cancer survivors, many of who return to care from internal medicine physicians after finishing their treatment. The concept is now recognized as a key part of ensuring the continued health of cancer survivors: Beginning in 2015, the Commission on Cancer will require cancer centers seeking accreditation to provide care plans to patients once they complete their treatment.

Now, a group of Penn Medicine researchers have published the first study to assess the effectiveness of care plans at equipping patients to meet these goals. In a study published online in the journal Cancer this month, the team details their findings about the effects of use the most widely used care plan tool the online, Penn-developed LIVESTRONG Care Plan -- on patients' health care knowledge and communication, lifestyle behaviors, and emotions. More than 29,000 patients and health care providers have used this personalized tool since it launched on Penn Medicine's OncoLink in 2007.

Despite the close watch from health care providers cancer patients receive during their treatment, it's often not clear who an oncologist, a primary care physician, or another type of specialty physician is responsible for mechanizing the disparate aspects of a survivor's health, from monitoring for and managing late effects of therapy to ordering routine preventive health exams such as bone density tests and colonoscopies. Consequently, important health needs among cancer survivors needs may go unmet, the authors say.

"The one constant in the care of cancer survivors is the survivor him or herself," says Christine Hill-Kayer, MD, an assistant professor of Radiation Oncology in Penn's Abramson Cancer Center and the lead author of the new study. "By providing the survivor with the resources to know which tests need to be ordered in the form of a written document, a survivorship care plan enables the survivor to take more control of his or her care, and to participate in minimizing the 'slip through the cracks' phenomenon."

The research team studied 298 cancer survivors who used the LIVESTRONG Care Plan between May 2010 and January 2013 culled from a group of 8,690 patients who completed plans during that timeframe each of whom completed a survey about their experience using the site one month after completing their plan. Each user received a care plan after inputting demographic information and data about their diagnosis and types of treatments received.

Ninety-three percent of users reported that the information provided through the care plans was excellent, very good, or good. Importantly, the findings reveal that the care plans fill a knowledge gap: 65 percent of patients said the information received was new to them and had not been previously provided by health care providers. Ninety four percent of patients felt they would recommend it to others. Eighty percent shared or planned to share it with their health care team, and of those who had already done so, 80 percent reported that it improved communication. More than 60 percent felt that the survivorship care plan changed their health care participation, and over half of users reported that they had made or planned to make a lifestyle change in response to information they obtained from the care plan, most commonly dietary modification and increased exercise.

"Our results show that care plans are empowering patients to become more active participants in their own health care," Hill-Kayser said. "This is an important tool that provides patients with greater education and prompts them to be more proactive about their care and more likely to discuss concerns with their providers."


'/>"/>

Contact: Holly Auer
holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu
215-349-5659
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Dr. Gary Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Review Presents New Natural Cure and Alternative Medicine Research
2. Leading Edge Telemedicine Company SecondOpinions.com Provides Solution to Obamacare Challenges for Doctors, Patients and Insurance Industry
3. California Society of Addiction Medicine Applauds Rehab Fraud Crackdown, Warns of Risks to Patients
4. UC Davis Children's Hospital Study Finds Telemedicine Consultations Significantly Improve Pediatric Care in Rural Emergency Rooms
5. Dr. Rod J. Rohrich Stresses Role of Evidence-Based Medicine in Plastic Surgery
6. Leading Edge Telemedicine Company SecondOpinions.com Provides Solution to Obamacare Challenges for Doctors, Patients and Insurance Industry
7. Rob Tazioli Named U.S. Preventive Medicine CEO
8. Georgia Partnership for Telehealth and Amerigroup Support Telemedicine Efforts in Jenkins County Schools
9. Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth and LSU Partner to Bring Telemedicine to Orphanage in Guatemala
10. Boston Medical Center and BU School of Medicine partner with Jawaharlal Institute to study TB
11. The American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine (A4M) to Hold Four-day Continuing Medical Education Conference in Boston, MA
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/27/2016)... New York, NY (PRWEB) , ... May 27, ... ... has partnered with Mediaplanet to help educate the many who are unaware of ... section dedicated to aphasia will run within the “Stroke Awareness” campaign. , The ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... Each year ... medicine. Allison Outerbridge is this year’s Life University winner of a ... the university’s Student Leadership Awards ceremony. , Outerbridge is approaching her last quarter ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... , ... May 26, 2016 , ... W.S. Badger ... has been honored with a 2016 When Work Works Award for its use of ... of the national When Work Works project administered by the Families and Work Institute ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... ... Connor Sports, through its Connor Cares initiative, will continue to expand ... Tour that will commemorate the Indiana Fever legend’s hall-of-fame career and final WNBA ... levels of the game, Connor Sports has committed to a significantly increased focus on ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... , ... May 26, 2016 , ... There are nearly ... than 32 million cancer survivors worldwide. On Sunday, June 5, 2016, communities around the ... National Cancer Survivors Day®. , National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual worldwide ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/25/2016)... -- According to a new market research ... by Therapeutic Area (Oncology, Cosmeceutical/Plastic Surgery), by Application (Drug ... Hospitals/ Clinics) - Forecast to 2021", published by MarketsandMarkets, ... the forecast period of 2016 to 2021. This market ... from USD 117.3 Million in 2016, at a CAGR ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... Germany and GERMANTOWN, Maryland ... N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN ; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) ... and co-development agreement with Therawis Diagnostics GmbH to develop and ... to develop and market PITX2 as a marker to predict ... breast cancer patients. "We are pleased to partner ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... , May 25, 2016  According to Kalorama ... $381 billion in 2015.  Though these are challenging ... of opportunity for success for companies that remain ... search of new growth prospects medical device companies ... research and development (R&D) than do companies in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: