The impact of the survivorship care plan on health care use: 2-year follow-up results of the ROGY care trial

Mette Moustgaard Jeppesen, Nicole P M Ezendam, Johanna M A Pijnenborg, M Caroline Vos, Dorry Boll, Roy F P M Kruitwagen, Pernille Tine Jensen, Lonneke V van de Poll-Franse

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper was to assess the impact of survivorship care plan (SCP) provision and moderating factors on health care use following endometrial cancer treatment. Methods: Women newly diagnosed with endometrial cancer were included in a pragmatic cluster randomized trial at 12 hospitals in the Netherlands and were randomly assigned to SCP or usual care (n = 221; 75% response). The SCP was generated using the web-based Registrationsystem Oncological GYnecology (ROGY) and provided tailored information regarding disease, treatment, and possible late-effects. Cancer-related use of general practitioner, specialist, and additional health care was collected through questionnaires after diagnosis and at 6-, 12-, and 24-month follow-up and compared using linear multilevel regression analyses. Results: Women who received an SCP had more cancer-related primary care visits compared to the usual care arm during the first year after diagnosis (β = 0.7, p < 0.01). At 6-month follow-up, women in the SCP group used more additional health care compared to women receiving usual care (24 vs. 11%, p = 0.04). Women with anxious symptoms (p = 0.03) and women who received radiotherapy (p = 0.01) had a higher primary care use within the first year after treatment, when receiving an SCP. Conclusions: The SCP increases primary health care consumption the first year after treatment, particularly in women treated with radiotherapy and women with anxious symptoms. Implications for cancer survivors: These findings imply that the SCP enables women in need of supportive care to seek relevant care at an early stage after treatment. Whether this results in improved patient-reported outcomes in the long-term needs to be further studied.

TidsskriftJournal of Cancer Survivorship
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)18–27
StatusUdgivet - feb. 2018


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