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Developing NaviCanPlan: A Mobile Web Resource Locator for Cancer Providers and Survivors


As of January, 2012, an estimated 13.7 million persons are living as cancer survivors. This population is expected to grow to nearly 18 million by 2022. While their treatment may be considered successful, many cancer survivors experience long-term physical, emotional, and psychosocial late effects of treatment. Our focus was on community-based cancer care—both rural and urban—as almost 90 % of cancer care occurs in community settings, where a full complement of supportive healthcare professionals may not be available. This study describes the results of stakeholder engagement and the feedback processes used to create NaviCanPlan, a mobile web resource locator designed to educate and inform both providers and survivors in finding health-related services, often in noncancer center settings. Individual interviews with survivors and providers regarding resource needs to address a variety of physical and psychosocial late effects were supplemented with site visits, web-based polling, and webinars discussions. Overall, the results indicated a need for a programmatic approach to providing education about community, medical, and nonmedical resources for providers and survivors. Design and content criteria for a web-based mobile resource locator were defined, articulated, and implemented.

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The authors would like to thank Dan Li, BA, for his assistance in capturing NaviCanPlan Educational Materials, ESRI for the donation of the ARC GIS Online software, and Salesforce for the product donation.

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Vollmer Dahlke, D., Kellstedt, D. & Weinberg, A.D. Developing NaviCanPlan: A Mobile Web Resource Locator for Cancer Providers and Survivors. J Canc Educ 30, 670–676 (2015).

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  • Cancer
  • Healthcare
  • Survivorship