Case Management Needs of Older and Elderly Cancer Survivors

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Abstract

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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