In the Journal of Oncology Practice,1 Erin E. Hahn, MPH, and Patricia A. Ganz, MD, reported a qualitative study of cancer survivorship programs, based on in-depth interviews with teams from four institutions—an academic center, a community hospital, a primary care medical group, and a county hospital.
“The key finding is that these successful survivorship programs have developed and implemented unique types of [survivorship care plan] documents within their organizations,” the authors noted. They concluded that the survivorship care plan document “is a flexible tool that can be successfully adapted for use in extremely varied settings, from primary care to hospitals to academic centers, to inform and educate patients and providers alike.” ■
1. Hahn EE, Ganz PA: Survivorship programs and care plans in practice: Variations on a theme. J Oncol Pract 7:70-75, 2011.
Researching the effects of cancer on patients’ quality of life and championing the development and implementation of survivorship care plans have been at the forefront of the 20-year-long career of Patricia A. Ganz, MD, Director of the Division of Prevention and Control Research at UCLA’s Jonsson...