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Implementing the Survivorship Care Plan: A Strategy for Improving the Quality of Care for Cancer Survivors 

Implementing the Survivorship Care Plan: A Strategy for Improving the Quality of Care for Cancer Survivors
Chapter:
Implementing the Survivorship Care Plan: A Strategy for Improving the Quality of Care for Cancer Survivors
Source:
Psycho-Oncology (3 ed.)
Author(s):

Erin E. Hahn

and Patricia A. Ganz

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199363315.003.0087

After treatment has ended, cancer patients may be at risk for serious long-term and late effects of their disease and treatment. Unfortunately, the oncology care system often fails to provide education and guidance to patients at the end of active cancer treatment; as a result, patients often feel confused and anxious about their next phase of care. Delivering high-quality, coordinated care during the post-treatment phase is critical in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for these patients. One of the proposed first steps in accomplishing this is the widespread implementation of treatment summaries and survivorship care planning. This chapter provides an overview of the development and use of treatment summaries and care plans, and briefly reviews research on care plans and the health policy impact of survivorship care plans as they relate to current legislation, accountability, and quality improvement activities that are underway.

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