Evaluation of a Multidisciplinary Team Approach for Generating Survivorship Care Plan Treatment Summaries in Patients With Breast Cancer

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J Oncol Pract


INTRODUCTION:: The optimal structure for survivorship care plan (SCP) programs and methodology for generating treatment summaries (TSs) has not yet been defined, but the Commission on Cancer and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers both mandate that participating oncology programs implement SCP-TS processes for patients that have completed treatment. METHODS:: We used the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Plan-Do-Study-Act model for conducting a quality improvement project evaluating two different SCP-TS programs implemented at the Henry Ford Health System/Henry Ford Cancer Institute's Breast Oncology Program in Detroit, Michigan. System I involved TSs drafted by nonspecialist breast clinic staff; System II involved TSs vetted through a multidisciplinary breast specialist conference approach. Accuracy of basic documentation entries related to dates and components of treatment were compared for the two approaches. RESULTS:: Seventy-one System I and 93 System II documents were reviewed. Documentation was accurate in at least 90% of documents for both systems regarding delivery of chemotherapy and/or endocrine therapy and for documenting the identity of the various members of the cancer treatment team. Both systems had notable inaccuracies in documenting type of surgery performed, but System II had fewer inaccuracies than System I (33.78% v 51.67%, respectively; P = .05). System II, compared with System I, had fewer inaccuracies in documenting date of diagnosis (9.68% v 25.35%, respectively; P = .01) and had less missing information for dose of radiation delivered (9.33% v 33.9%, respectively; P < .01). CONCLUSION:: A multidisciplinary team approach to drafting and reviewing SCP-TS documents improved content accuracy for our program, but ongoing education regarding documentation of various surgical procedures is warranted.

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