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Survivorship Care Plans: Health Actions Taken and Satisfaction After Use

Chamika Hawkins-Taylor
Paula Carson
Debra Gay Anderson
Angeline Carlson
Jennifer Kerkvliet
Jenna Cowan
Sam Gaster
Cassie McClure
Lexi Pugsley
ONF 2019, 46(5), 585-594 DOI: 10.1188/19.ONF.585-594

Objectives: To examine the use of and assess patient satisfaction with survivorship care plans (SCPs).

Sample & Setting: 189 cancer survivors recruited from five cancer treatment center locations (Avera Cancer Institute in Aberdeen, Mitchell, Sioux Falls, and Yankton; Sanford Cancer Center in Sioux Falls) and one auxiliary specialty center (Urology Specialists in Sioux Falls), all in South Dakota.

Methods & Variables: A written survey was completed by participants before and three months after receiving an SCP. Associations between demographics and cancer-related characteristics and use of the SCP were evaluated using chi-square tests. Logistic regression was used to determine factors associated with any use of the SCP, health actions attributable to the SCP, and satisfaction with the SCP.

Results: The most frequently reported uses of the SCP were to share with spouse or partner, inform about symptoms, and ask physician or nurse about concerns. SCP use, health actions taken, and satisfaction with the SCP were associated with gender, marital status, and main cancer type.

Implications for Nursing: Nurses should promote SCPs because they are valued and used by survivors for follow-up care.

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