Interdisciplinary Book Club: An Innovative Approach to Provide Support to Cancer Survivors.

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165003
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Interdisciplinary Book Club: An Innovative Approach to Provide Support to Cancer Survivors.
Author(s):
Krall, Christine; Uscio, Mike
Author Details:
Christine Krall, RN, BSN ,OCN, Staff nurse, Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, Columbus, Ohio, USA, email: christine.krall@osumc.edu; Mike Uscio, BS, MLS, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Columbus, Ohio
Abstract:
Education: Literature shows the numerous benefits of support groups, yet many groups struggle with attendance, participation and retention of oncology patients. An innovative alternative social gathering for cancer survivors may need to be considered. A needs assessment survey of 100 hematology oncology patients indicated an interest in a book club. A social worker from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and a staff nurse from an NCI designated cancer hospital partnered to create the Cancer Survivors Book Club. Approximately twenty survivors meet monthly at a local bookstore to discuss the assigned book. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society provide coffee, breakfast, and the books. The survivors have taken ownership of the group from the first meeting in January 2008. Together they have decided they wanted to read a wide variety of books including general cancer information, survivor testimonials, inspirational, fiction and nonfiction. The oncology nurse chose and facilitated the first six meetings. With the assistance of the nurse, members now choose the books and alternate facilitating the discussions. At the end of each gathering the book is rated 1-5 by the group and posted on the Leukemia and Lymphoma SocietyÆs blog. The group has had very consistent attendance with a retention rate of 90%. A survey of participants completed ten months after the clubs inception confirmed that members are highly enthusiastic about attending the book reviews and look forward to reading the books. Quote from member û ôThe idea of the book club is wonderful. Sharing with people who can understand where you are coming from is comforting and inspiring! The staff does an outstanding job in keeping the books interesting and stimulating conversation.ö Oncology nurse involvement and innovative twists on the traditional support group can increase participation and retention of oncology patients. Other cancer programs may consider this non-traditional approach to increase participation and participant satisfaction.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2009
Conference Name:
34th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Note:
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleInterdisciplinary Book Club: An Innovative Approach to Provide Support to Cancer Survivors.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorKrall, Christineen_US
dc.contributor.authorUscio, Mikeen_US
dc.author.detailsChristine Krall, RN, BSN ,OCN, Staff nurse, Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, Columbus, Ohio, USA, email: christine.krall@osumc.edu; Mike Uscio, BS, MLS, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Columbus, Ohioen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165003-
dc.description.abstractEducation: Literature shows the numerous benefits of support groups, yet many groups struggle with attendance, participation and retention of oncology patients. An innovative alternative social gathering for cancer survivors may need to be considered. A needs assessment survey of 100 hematology oncology patients indicated an interest in a book club. A social worker from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and a staff nurse from an NCI designated cancer hospital partnered to create the Cancer Survivors Book Club. Approximately twenty survivors meet monthly at a local bookstore to discuss the assigned book. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society provide coffee, breakfast, and the books. The survivors have taken ownership of the group from the first meeting in January 2008. Together they have decided they wanted to read a wide variety of books including general cancer information, survivor testimonials, inspirational, fiction and nonfiction. The oncology nurse chose and facilitated the first six meetings. With the assistance of the nurse, members now choose the books and alternate facilitating the discussions. At the end of each gathering the book is rated 1-5 by the group and posted on the Leukemia and Lymphoma SocietyÆs blog. The group has had very consistent attendance with a retention rate of 90%. A survey of participants completed ten months after the clubs inception confirmed that members are highly enthusiastic about attending the book reviews and look forward to reading the books. Quote from member û ôThe idea of the book club is wonderful. Sharing with people who can understand where you are coming from is comforting and inspiring! The staff does an outstanding job in keeping the books interesting and stimulating conversation.ö Oncology nurse involvement and innovative twists on the traditional support group can increase participation and retention of oncology patients. Other cancer programs may consider this non-traditional approach to increase participation and participant satisfaction.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:10:49Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:10:49Z-
dc.conference.date2009en_US
dc.conference.name34th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationSan Antonio, Texas, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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