The primary care nurse practitioner and cancer survivorship care

Joanna M. Cooper, Susan J. Loeb, Carol A. Smith

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Abstract

Purpose: To examine the important role that primary care nurse practitioners (NPs) have in providing long-term surveillance and health maintenance for breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer survivors throughout the continuum of cancer care.Data sources: MEDLINE, CINAHL, MD-Consult, and Cochrane's databases were utilized with the inclusion of primary research and critical research reviews from January 1995 through March 2008. Select organizational websites were also cited.Conclusions: Cancer patients experience changes in the focus of their care when management shifts from the treatment of cancer to management of treatment side effects and outcomes, to survivorship care, and to secondary cancer treatment. NPs have a strong impact on cancer survivorship care by serving in various roles and settings throughout the cancer trajectory to improve patient outcomes.Implications for practice: Cancer survivorship care expands beyond specialty settings, into primary care. NPs have a key role in ensuring continuity of care for patients with cancer. Models of care that promote continuity and high quality of care for patients with cancer include the shared-care and nurse-managed health center models. The formal collaborative plan of care is essential in long-term cancer survivorship care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)394-402
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Volume22
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2010

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Primary Health Care
Survival Rate
Neoplasms
Continuity of Patient Care
Secondary Care
Quality of Health Care
Information Storage and Retrieval
Health
Managed Care Programs
Research
MEDLINE
Survivors
Colorectal Neoplasms
Prostatic Neoplasms
Therapeutics
Nurses
Databases
Breast Neoplasms

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In: Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Vol. 22, No. 8, 01.08.2010, p. 394-402.

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