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05.02.2019 | Original Article | Ausgabe 10/2019

Supportive Care in Cancer 10/2019

A cross-sectional population-based survey looking at the impact of cancer survivorship care plans on meeting the needs of cancer survivors in the posttreatment stage

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Supportive Care in Cancer > Ausgabe 10/2019
Autoren:
Soleil Chahine, Robin Urquhart
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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of receiving a survivorship care plan (SCP) on meeting cancer survivors’ overall, informational, physical, emotional, and practical needs. Since the recommendation for implementation of SCPs, there have been numerous studies on their effectiveness with mostly inconclusive results.

Methods

All Nova Scotia survivors meeting specific inclusion and exclusion criteria were identified from the Nova Scotia Cancer Registry and sent the 83-item survey to assess experiences and needs across five domains (overall, informational, physical, emotional, and practical). Descriptive statistics (frequencies, percentages) and chi-square analyses were used to examine and report survey findings.

Results

The response rate was 44.6%, with 1514 respondents. SCPs were significantly associated (p < 0.00001) with receiving timely help and support to meet survivors’ overall, informational, physical, emotional, and practical needs posttreatment. For the most part, survivors’ clinical characteristics, such as cancer type, time since treatment, chronic comorbidities, and metastases, did not result in differences among the five outcomes.

Conclusions

Those who received a SCP reported higher agreement on all five outcomes in comparison to those who did not receive a SCP. Further work should evaluate the delivery of SCPs and the components of SCPs that are most likely to contribute to positive survivor outcomes.

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