There is an increasing number of cancer patients outliving their diagnosis and treatment and requiring more support as they transition to cancer survivors. To bridge this gap, survivorship care plans should be provided to all cancer survivors to provide post treatment plans of care, recommendations, and resources (Commission on Cancer, 2016). A quality improvement project was implemented in the urology practice of a National Cancer Institute-designated, academic hospital in Phoenix, Arizona to provide survivorship care plans to prostate cancer patients with surgical intervention as their cancer treatment.
Through interprofessional collaboration, the process change was designed and implemented with the residents and Physician Assistants of the urology practice. There was a 93% adherence rate in delivering the survivorship care plans during the project. The “Confidence in Survivorship Information” questionnaire was used to measure the patients’ confidence in survivorship information prior to and after receiving a survivorship care plan. A paired t-test showed statistical significance in improvement in confidence in the knowledge of long-term physical effects of cancer treatment, strategies for preventing and treating long-term physical effects, and resources available for family members who may be at risk. The project will continue in order to meet requirements for cancer programs established by the Commission on Cancer (Commission on Cancer, 2016).