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Survivorship Care Plans: Initial Evidence of Impact on Distress and Self-Efficacy Among High-Risk Cancer Survivors

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Program Overview
This article provides details on a cross-sectional study investigating the prevalence of survivorship care plan (SCP) receipt and exploring associations between SCPs and patient-reported psychosocial and health behavior outcomes in a sample of cancer survivors (N = 123) enriched with individuals with a family history of cancer. Study results suggest that SCPs are infrequently provided and not uniformly implemented, even among patients at higher risk based on a family history of cancer. Findings also provide initial support for the association between written care plans and psychological distress and coping self-efficacy, constructs which have implications for cancer survivors’ communication with providers, psychosocial adjustment, and seeking/understanding medical information. The online monograph will be available for 1 CE credit hour: www.aonnonline.org

Target Audience
This educational initiative is intended for hematology/oncology nurse navigators, patient navigators, and social workers whose focus is on cancer care and survivorship. It will also be useful for nurse practitioners, oncology nurses, advanced practice nurses, and other healthcare professionals involved in managing patients with cancer.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Better understand the utility and prevalence of SCPs in oncology
  • Better understand factors associated with receipt of a written care plan, including reductions in psychological distress and improvements in coping self-efficacy
  • Learn more about the potential role of oncology/survivorship nurses and patient navigators in assisting cancer survivors with receiving SCPs and obtaining appropriate referrals for survivorship services

Nursing
AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity is awarded 1.0 Contact Hours.

This activity is jointly-provided by AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare, Center of Excellence Media, LLC and The Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators, Inc.

Commercial Support
There is no commercial support for this activity.

Disclosures
It is the policy of AKH Inc. to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor, and integrity in all of its continuing education activities. The author must disclose to the participants any significant relationships with commercial interests whose products or devices may be mentioned in the activity or with the commercial supporter of this continuing education activity. Identified conflicts of interest are resolved by AKH prior to accreditation of the activity and may include any of or combination of the following: attestation to non-commercial content; notification of independent and certified CE expectations; referral to National Author Initiative training; restriction of topic area or content; restriction to discussion of science only; amendment of content to eliminate discussion of device or technique; use of other author for discussion of recommendations; independent review against criteria ensuring evidence support recommendation; moderator review; and peer review.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use and Investigational Product
This educational activity may include discussion of uses of agents that are investigational and/or unapproved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Disclaimer
This course is designed solely to provide the healthcare professional with information to assist in his/her practice and professional development and is not to be considered a diagnostic tool to replace professional advice or treatment. The course serves as a general guide to the healthcare professional, and therefore, cannot be considered as giving legal, nursing, medical, or other professional advice in specific cases. AKH Inc. specifically disclaim responsibility for any adverse consequences resulting directly or indirectly from information in the course, for undetected error, or through participant's misunderstanding of the content.

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