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 S. La

Jungmin Yoon

Kendall Powell

cancer, survivorship care plan, patient portal, online resource, discussion board
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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