Factors Affecting Follow‐Up Care in Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivors

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Title:
Factors Affecting Follow‐Up Care in Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivors
Author:
Baker, Devon
Affiliation:
The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix
Issue Date:
23-Mar-2016
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the College of Medicine - Phoenix, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Collection Information:
This item is part of the College of Medicine - Phoenix Scholarly Projects 2016 collection. For more information, contact the Phoenix Biomedical Campus Library at pbc-library@email.arizona.edu.
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Abstract:
As research into the treatment of cancers improves patient’s chances for survival, the number of cancer survivors continues to increase. These patients are often treated with chemotherapy and radiation regimens that can increase their risk for cancers and other complications such as heart disease later on. Patients with Hodgkin’s lymphoma tend to be younger than patients with other cancers. Current treatment regimens lead to cures in many Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients with many long term survivors. However, these treatments place survivors at risk for numerous complications, most importantly other cancers and heart disease. Organizations such as the American Cancer Society recommend regular screening and surveillance by a patient’s doctor to detect these potential complications. To assess the factors that affect a patient’s follow‐up care we sent a survey to 365 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivors in Arizona and asked them about their specific follow‐up care. The survivors were identified using the Arizona Cancer registry, and 49 (13.4%) responded to our survey. However, of the 365 letter invitations that were sent out, 118 were returned undeliverable leading to a corrected response rate of 19.8%. Of the respondents 93% reported they were getting follow up care. We also looked at patient satisfaction with their care as a second outcome, 34 (72.3%) of the patients stated that they were strongly satisfied with their follow‐ up care. In order to assess physician‐patient communication, we asked patients if they had received a written follow‐up care plan. Of the respondents to this question, 14 (29.7%) noted that they had received a written follow up care plan. These two outcomes were stratified to various demographic factors (age, gender, education status, etc.) to determine if any of these caused a statistically significant difference in a patient’s satisfaction or whether or not they had received a written follow‐up plan. Due to the low number of responders, no statistically significant difference was found. Future studies are needed to further determine whether or not these sorts of demographic factors play a significant role but we believe studies like this are important as cancer survivorship continues to increase.
Keywords:
Hodgkin’s Lymphoma; Survivors; Follow-up Care
MeSH Subjects:
Hodgkin Disease
Description:
A Thesis submitted to The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine.
Mentor:
Flood, Timothy MD

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.titleFactors Affecting Follow‐Up Care in Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivorsen_US
dc.contributor.authorBaker, Devonen
dc.contributor.departmentThe University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenixen
dc.date.issued2016-03-23en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the College of Medicine - Phoenix, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.collectioninformationThis item is part of the College of Medicine - Phoenix Scholarly Projects 2016 collection. For more information, contact the Phoenix Biomedical Campus Library at pbc-library@email.arizona.edu.en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.description.abstractAs research into the treatment of cancers improves patient’s chances for survival, the number of cancer survivors continues to increase. These patients are often treated with chemotherapy and radiation regimens that can increase their risk for cancers and other complications such as heart disease later on. Patients with Hodgkin’s lymphoma tend to be younger than patients with other cancers. Current treatment regimens lead to cures in many Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients with many long term survivors. However, these treatments place survivors at risk for numerous complications, most importantly other cancers and heart disease. Organizations such as the American Cancer Society recommend regular screening and surveillance by a patient’s doctor to detect these potential complications. To assess the factors that affect a patient’s follow‐up care we sent a survey to 365 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivors in Arizona and asked them about their specific follow‐up care. The survivors were identified using the Arizona Cancer registry, and 49 (13.4%) responded to our survey. However, of the 365 letter invitations that were sent out, 118 were returned undeliverable leading to a corrected response rate of 19.8%. Of the respondents 93% reported they were getting follow up care. We also looked at patient satisfaction with their care as a second outcome, 34 (72.3%) of the patients stated that they were strongly satisfied with their follow‐ up care. In order to assess physician‐patient communication, we asked patients if they had received a written follow‐up care plan. Of the respondents to this question, 14 (29.7%) noted that they had received a written follow up care plan. These two outcomes were stratified to various demographic factors (age, gender, education status, etc.) to determine if any of these caused a statistically significant difference in a patient’s satisfaction or whether or not they had received a written follow‐up plan. Due to the low number of responders, no statistically significant difference was found. Future studies are needed to further determine whether or not these sorts of demographic factors play a significant role but we believe studies like this are important as cancer survivorship continues to increase.en
dc.typeThesisen
dc.subjectHodgkin’s Lymphomaen
dc.subjectSurvivorsen
dc.subjectFollow-up Careen
dc.subject.meshHodgkin Diseaseen
dc.descriptionA Thesis submitted to The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine.en
dc.contributor.mentorFlood, Timothy MDen
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