searchers, and representatives of government agencies, health insurance companies and managed care organizations.
The first day of the workshop was devoted to (1) an overview of the goals of survivorship care planning, (2) a review of the status of treatment summaries for oncology care, and (3) a general discussion and reaction to a series of qualitative research efforts. Structured one-on-one interviews and focus groups with consumers, nurses, and oncology and primary care physicians were conducted to help the forum better understand opportunities for, and barriers to, survivorship care planning. Reactants with diverse perspectives (consumers, nurses, physicians, insurers) were invited to participate in the discussion of these efforts. Topics for discussion included:
What are the essential elements of the care plan? Will a single template work?
Who is responsible for creating the plan and discussing the plan with patients?
What are the respective roles of oncology/primary care and physicians/nurses?
What economic strategies could encourage implementation of care planning?
What barriers exist to creating the care plan? How can they be overcome?
On the second day of the workshop there were presentations and discussion on the following topics:
Resources for completing the care plan template (survivorship guidelines, psychosocial support resources, recommendations on healthy behaviors/prevention).
Adapting care plans to electronic record systems and information technologies.
Statewide and collaborative approaches to implementation.
Opportunities to pilot test survivorship care planning and assess its impact.
An evaluation and research agenda for survivorship care planning.
At the end of the second day of the workshop, moderators led a wrap-up discussion of highlights of the two-day workshop.