Patient Education and Assistance
Poor health literacy can lead to poor health outcomes. Helping patients to comprehend complex health information decreases their risk of negative outcomes while providing an optimal approach to patient-centered care.
As the costs associated with cancer care continue to escalate, all key stakeholders—healthcare providers, private and government payers, and patients—strive to balance high-quality cancer care with cost efficiency.
Using the Power of Design to More Effectively Communicate with Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients, the
Metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patients receive an overwhelming amount of information at the time of diagnosis, with most of the information transferred through oral conversations and abstract medical terminology that’s difficult for patients to understand.
Terra Dillard, RN, Alison Hammond, BS, Patricia Hegedus, MBA, BSN, RN, OCN, Lyndsey McGrath, RPh, Christina Sloan, MSN, RN, OCN
Specific oral chemotherapy (defect-free) indicators include a documented plan for oral chemotherapy, education, and monitoring for toxicities. Data abstracted in 2014 demonstrated opportunity for improvement in all 3 categories. Our goal was to improve compliance with oral chemotherapy standards measured through QOPI.
Identifying Gaps in Metastatic Breast Cancer Patient Knowledge and Their Communication Experiences with Healthcare Professionals
Communication gaps between HCPs and MBC patients must be addressed to improve the patient experience. Patients likely overestimate their knowledge about their breast cancer subtype.
How Patient and Caregiver Informational and Psychosocial Needs Are Being Met in Practice: Results from a National Melanoma Survey
Cancer patients and caregivers often have significant psychosocial and informational needs. Many healthcare providers and navigators make referrals to educational and support resources, but how well are the concerns of those affected actually being met?
Developing the First Global Breast Cancer Education Campaign: Findings on Patient Knowledge and Effective Communication Design
We ask, “How can nurse navigators better educate disparate populations about breast health and cancer screening at home and abroad?”
This study was designed to identify changes in patient knowledge and anxiety levels following implementation of planned prechemotherapy education sessions.