Survivorship care planning in a comprehensive cancer center using an implementation framework

Sofa F. Garcia, Sheetal M. Kircher, Megan Oden, Aubri Veneruso, June M. McKoy, Timothy Pearman, Frank J. Penedo

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Cancer survivorship care plans (SCPs) have been recommended to improve clinical care and patient outcomes. Research is needed to establish their effcacy and identify best practices. Starting in 2015, centers accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer must deliver SCPs to patients completing primary cancer treatment with curative intent. We describe how we established routine SCP delivery at the Robert H Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chicago, Illinois, using the Quality Implementation Framework. We evaluated local practices, gathered clinician and patient stakeholder input, developed customized SCP templates within the electronic health record (EHR), and implemented 2 complementary delivery models. Clinician interviews (n = 41) and survey responses (n = 12), along with input from patients (n = 68) and a patient advisory board (n = 15), indicated support for SCPs and survivorship services. To promote feasible implementation and leverage existing workfows, we harmonized 2 SCP delivery models: integrated care within clinics where patients received treatment, and referral to a centralized survivorship clinic. We are implementing SCP delivery with prominent disease sites and will extend services to survivors of other cancers in the future. We developed four electronic disease-specifc SCP templates for breast, colorectal, lung, and prostate cancers and a ffth, generic template that can be used for other malignancies. The templates reduced free-text clinician entry by autopopulating 20% of the felds from existing EHR data, and using drop-down menus for another 65%. Mean SCP completion time is 12 minutes (range, 10-15; n = 64). We designed our framework to facilitate ongoing evaluation of implementation and quality improvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-199
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Community and Supportive Oncology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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