SIDEBAR: The Survivorship Care Plan Document: A Flexible Tool


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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.” ■

Reference

1. Hahn EE, Ganz PA: Survivorship programs and care plans in practice: Variations on a theme. J Oncol Pract 7:70-75, 2011.


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