Evaluation of a breast cancer survivorship clinic that uses a group medical appointment model: Patient program evaluation and financial analysis.

Journal Article

90 Background: Group medical appointments have been shown to improve access, health outcomes and health care utilization rates, as well as self-management skills. A new model of breast cancer survivor care was designed and piloted at Duke Cancer Center. Survivors attended the clinic together in groups of six. An interdisciplinary group visit format in the initial part of the appointment provided surveillance, education and support, as well as formation of an individualized survivorship care plan. The first hour included review of their personal care plan and a 45-minute facilitated discussion. Afterwards, individual visits with the nurse practitioner, and dietitian, physical therapist, or social worker occurred. Methods: A 22-item Likert-type questionnaire sought opinions regarding logistics and the style and function of care delivered. 122 surveys were collected. Descriptive statistics (via SPSS v19) using ANOVA type regression were accomplished. Secondly, a retrospective two-group study of clinic financial data for follow-up patients was done. Revenues from the group medical visit by the NP were compared to those seen traditionally by the MD (N=300). Review of time to third available appointment for each clinician was also recorded. Results: 122 surveys were collected with a 86% response rate. Mean scores for all questions rated at least 4.4 of 5, with the highest score given for the confidence felt in the nurse practitioner (4.93) and the lowest for the acceptability of the wait time in the breast imaging area (4.4). Overall, 98% felt the program provided quality care and 97% were likely to recommend the clinic to other breast cancer survivors. What participants liked most about the program was sharing with other survivors. Cost benefit analysis revealed that revenues and direct costs were nearly equal between delivery models. Time to third available appointment for the primary referring oncologist, dropped from 29.4 to 26.7 days, while the NPs time remained stable at 8.7 days. Conclusions: The group visit model applied to survivor care appears feasible and highly satisfactory to participants.

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Cited Authors

  • Trotter, K; Schneider, SM

Published Date

  • September 20, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / 27_suppl

Start / End Page

  • 90 - 90

Published By

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1527-7755

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0732-183X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1200/jco.2012.30.27_suppl.90


  • en