Childhood cancer survivor care: Development of the Passport for Care

Academic Article

Abstract

  • © 2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved. Survivors of childhood cancer are at risk of long-term adverse effects and late effects of the disease and/or its treatment. In response to national recommendations to improve evidence-based follow-up care, a web-based support system for clinical decision making, the Passport for Care (PFC), was developed for use at the point of care to produce screening recommendations individualized to the survivor. To date, the PFC has been implemented in over half of the nearly 200 clinics affiliated with the Children's Oncology Group across the USA. Most clinician users report that the PFC has been integrated into clinic workflows, and that it fosters improved conversations with survivors about the potential late effects a survivor might experience and about the screening and/or behavioural interventions recommended to improve health status. Furthermore, clinicians using the PFC have indicated that they adhered more closely to follow-up care guidelines. Perspectives on the challenges encountered and lessons learned during the development and deployment of the PFC are reviewed and contrasted with other nationwide approaches to the provision of guidance on survivor follow-up care; furthermore, the implications for the care of childhood cancer survivors are discussed.
  • Published In

    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Author List

  • Poplack DG; Fordis M; Landier W; Bhatia S; Hudson MM; Horowitz ME
  • Start Page

  • 740
  • End Page

  • 750
  • Volume

  • 11
  • Issue

  • 12