Twelve organizations, primarily Commission on Cancer (CoC)-accredited cancer centers, with a few other types of organizations.
Survivorship Care Plans (SCPs) are documents that are given to cancer patients after completion of their treatment. They combine a summary of cancer diagnosis, given treatment, and recommended follow-up care. While most people agree that SCPs are helpful to patients, SCPs are time-consuming and therefore, hard to complete. Many health systems are currently lacking procedures to assure their creation of SCPs. This project aimed to get a consistent policy and procedure into the health care system by using a “learning collaborative” model to teach health care providers best practices in developing and delivering SCPs, and to provide them opportunities to share their experiences. [Collaborative learning is “a method of teaching and learning in which students team together to explore a significant question or create a meaningful project.” Concept to Classroom, Educational Broadcasting Corporation, 2004, http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/coopcollab/].
The project aimed to improve health systems’ and providers’ processes of developing and delivering SCPs to patients completing active treatment. It focused on consistency and implementation across all clinics.