Survivorship Clinic Group Educational Sessions: Adoption, Acceptance, and Attendance
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- Wheelock, A., Mihalis, E., Hamolsky, D. et al. J Canc Educ (2013) 28: 79. doi:10.1007/s13187-013-0452-6
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The number of breast cancer survivors now exceeds 2.5 million in the USA. In the near future, it is likely that existing systems will not be sufficient to provide follow-up care and services for all these patients. Because survivors have many concerns in common and providers may not have enough time to address them individually, group educational sessions (GES) provide an opportunity to inform patients of current breast cancer-related health issues, treatment updates, and follow-up guidelines in an efficient and structured environment. At the University of California San Francisco Breast Care Center, we implemented a GES for patients referred into the Survivorship Clinic. To improve content and convenience, patients were asked at the end of each session to complete a survey measuring their satisfaction with the GES. Clinic staff tracked GES attendance, reasons for declining participation in the GES, and utilization of the Survivorship Clinic for follow-up care. Of the 381 patients referred to the Survivorship Clinic, 177 patients have attended the GES, and 204 ultimately have not attended the GES. Eighty four of the 177 patients who attended completed a survey at the end of the GES. Ninety-five percent of these patients agreed or somewhat agreed that the information presented was clear and understandable. Eighty-five percent of patients agreed or somewhat agreed that they learned about resources for recovery. Utilization of follow-up appointments within the Survivorship Clinic was significantly higher among those who attended the GES compared to those who did not attend. Overall, the GES allows for efficient patient education, and evaluation of the GES leads to new innovations to improve survivorship care.