Survivorship Care Plans and Treatment Summaries in Adult Patients With Hematologic Cancer: An Integrative Literature Review

Karen Taylor

Leanne Monterosso

survivorship care plan, treatment summary, survivorship, hematologic cancer
ONF 2015, 42(3), 283-291. DOI: 10.1188/15.ONF.283-291

Problem Identification: Survivorship care plans (SCPs) and treatment summaries (TSs) have been recommended by the Institute of Medicine as ways to facilitate the delivery of holistic survivorship care. An integrative literature review was undertaken to identify current use of SCPs and TSs to meet the needs of survivors of hematologic cancer.

Literature Search: Databases searched for eligible articles were CINAHL®, the Cochrane Library, EMBASE, MEDLINE®, PsycARTICLES, PsycINFO, and PubMed.

Data Evaluation: Four articles that reported on experience, dissemination, or components of SCPs or TSs were included. Hematology-specific literature was limited, and no randomized, controlled trials or literature reviews were found for the cohort of survivors of hematologic cancer.

Synthesis: Content analysis was used to summarize the findings.

Conclusions: High-quality evidence evaluating the effectiveness of SCPs and TSs on hematologic cancer survivorship follow-up care is lacking. Nurses have established expertise in health promotion, information, support, and resource provision; they can develop and disseminate SCPs and TSs to facilitate communication among the survivor, specialist, and primary care provider.

Implications for Research: Well-designed, randomized, controlled trials on SCPs and TSs are required, particularly for cancers not well represented in the literature.

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