Case Management Needs of Older and Elderly Cancer Survivors

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Purpose/Objectives:The purpose of this study was to examine the case management needs of older and elderly adults. The specific aim was to describe the results of a survey distributed to cancer survivors, asking them to respond to questions about their specific needs. The survey targeted the physical, psychosocial, social, and spiritual needs.Primary Practice Setting:Outpatient setting, outreach program.Findings/Conclusions:Fatigue, fear of reoccurrence, and sleep disturbances were of the greatest concern to the older and elderly cancer survivor.Implications for Case Management Practice:Case managers dealing with elderly cancer survivors can target these needs in terms of transitions from inpatient to outpatient care and beyond into the survivorship period.

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