Survivorship Health Information Counseling for Patients With Prostate Cancer
Definition of Concepts
Satisfaction has been defined as an individual's perception of usefulness, effectiveness, or benefit of the health services provided (Medical Conditions Dictionary, 2013). Patient satisfaction for survivorship discharge health information was measured in this project using the Patient Satisfaction Survey (Northouse, 2005).
According to the National Cancer Institute (2013), survivorship encompasses physical, psychosocial, and economic issues of cancer. Survivorship extends beyond diagnosis and treatment, and it incorporates follow-up treatment, late effects of treatment, secondary cancers, and quality of life. In 2009, the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative classified the cancer trajectory by stages: acute, intermediate, and after care. Cancer experts have defined survivorship as a lifelong process of self-monitoring and self-evaluation to manage symptoms and the consequences of living with chronic conditions resulting from treatment. Recognition of survivorship as a vital stage in the cancer trajectory can help providers shift patient health information from an illness to a wellness focus and from acute reactive care to proactive care (Cooper, Loeb, & Smith, 2010; McCorkle et al., 2011).
Survivorship Discharge Health Information Counseling
Survivorship counseling for patients with cancer refers to providing health information to patients that will empower them to manage chronic symptoms resulting from treatment (Northouse, 2005; Northouse, Mood, Montie et al., 2007; Northouse, Walker, & Schafenacker, 2002). The intent of this type of discharge survivorship counseling is to increase patient satisfaction with regard to management of chronic treatment side effects (Northouse, 2005; Northouse, Mood, Schafenacker et al., 2007).