Oncologists’ perceptions of the usefulness of cancer survivorship care plan components

David A. Haggstrom, Katherine L. Kahn, Carrie N. Klabunde, Stacy W. Gray, Nancy L. Keating

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Abstract

Purpose: The Institute of Medicine recommends that cancer patients receive survivorship care plans (SCP) summarizing information important to the individual’s long-term care. The various components of SCPs have varying levels of evidence supporting their impact. We surveyed medical oncologists to better understand how they perceived the relative value of different SCP components. Methods: Medical oncologists caring for patients in diverse US practice settings were surveyed (357 respondents; participation rate 52.9%) about their perceptions of the usefulness of various components of SCPs to both patients and primary care physicians (PCPs). Results: Oncologists perceived treatment summaries as “very useful” for PCPs but were less likely to perceive them as “very useful” for patients (55% vs. 40%, p < 0.001). Information about the psychological effects of cancer (41% vs. 29%; p < 0.001) and healthy behaviors (67% vs. 41%; p < 0.001) were considered more useful to patients than to PCPs. From 3 to 20% of oncologists believed that any given component of the SCP was not useful to either PCPs or patients. Oncologists who perceived SCPs to be more useful tended to be female or to practice in settings with a fully implemented electronic health record. Conclusions: Oncologists do not perceive all components of SCPs to be equally useful to both patients and PCPs. To be successfully implemented, the SCP should be efficiently tailored to the unique needs and knowledge of patients and their PCPs. A minority of oncologists appear to be late adopters, suggesting that some resistance to the adoption of SCPs remains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • Needs of cancer survivors
  • Patient-centered care
  • Primary health care
  • Survivorship care plan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology

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