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Testing the Impact of a Cancer Survivorship Patient Engagement Toolkit on Selected Health Outcomes

Eun-Shim Nahm
Kenneth Miller
Mary McQuaige
Nancy Corbitt
Nick Jaidar
Paula Rosenblatt
Shijun Zhu
Hyojin Son
Lindsey Hertsenberg
Karen E. Wickersham
In Seo La
Jungmin Yoon
Kendall Powell
ONF 2019, 46(5), 572-584 DOI: 10.1188/19.ONF.572-584

Objectives: To evaluate an interactive electronic Cancer Survivorship Patient Engagement Toolkit (CaS-PET) using a single-group pre-/post-test design.

Sample & Setting: 30 cancer survivors with a mean age of 56.5 years (SD = 13.6) were recruited from the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.

Methods & Variables: CaS-PET was designed to deliver survivorship care plans (SCPs) with multifactorial support and comprised of SCPs, biweekly follow-up using patient portal e-messages, and online resources. Outcomes included health-related quality of life, symptom burden, impact of cancer, fear of recurrence, physical activities, dietary behavior, patient–provider communication, adherence to treatment, and e-health literacy.

Results: At three months, there was a significant improvement in quality of life, physical symptom burden, and total symptom burden.

Implications for Nursing: Findings suggest an excellent potential for using CaS-PET for survivors who are in transition from treatment to survivorship.

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