"SHOW THEM THE EVIDENCE!" SUPPORTING PATIENTS WITH THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165117
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
"SHOW THEM THE EVIDENCE!" SUPPORTING PATIENTS WITH THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS
Author(s):
Scaramuzzo, Leah
Author Details:
Leah Scaramuzzo, MSN, RN, C, AOCN, Oncology Education Specialist, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, email: mrazla@umdnj.edu
Abstract:
Research shows that knowledge empowers patientsÆ decision-making and those that take part in healthcare decisions are more likely to have better outcomes. Literature supports that cancer patients want information and engage in information seeking behavior. Yet, where can they go for assistance when searching for credible, in-depth cancer information in understandable terminology? Many discover that public and hospital libraries do not meet these needs, the Internet is very overwhelming, and oncology professionals often have time constraints that prevent them from providing in-depth education. Led by an oncology nurse educator, the Resource and Learning Center (RLC) was developed at an outpatient NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, with the goal of providing patients/families with a myriad of evidence-based education resources about cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and symptom management. The RLC allows patients/families to ascertain information at any point in their care, capitalizing on principles of readiness to learn. Patients/families assist with identifying learning barriers and their best learning strategies. After conducting a needs assessment of patients/families, completing literature reviews, and networking with other centers, a proposal was developed and grant funding for the RLC was secured. A multidisciplinary patient education committee provided guidance and identified sources of best evidence. The RLC contains computers with health education software and reputable Web sites, consumer health books, medical reference books, audio/visuals, journals, newsletters, brochures, and a designated area where educational/ psychosocial classes are held. A medical librarian is on staff to assist with information requests. Healthcare practitioners refer patients to the RLC by using a ôPrescription for Learningö pad. More than 1200 visits occurred during the first year of RLC operation. 100% of those completing evaluations indicated that the information obtained helped them make healthcare decisions and improved communication with their healthcare team. Based on oncologistsÆ requests, tumor specific ôPrescriptions for Learningö are currently being developed. Oncology nurses have unique opportunities to develop patient education strategies and programs and enhance their professional development and contributions to oncology care. Findings support that the development of consumer libraries assists patients/families with the information search process enabling them to become fully informed and use the evidence to support their decision-making.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2007
Conference Name:
32nd Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Note:
This 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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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.title"SHOW THEM THE EVIDENCE!" SUPPORTING PATIENTS WITH THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESSen_GB
dc.contributor.authorScaramuzzo, Leahen_US
dc.author.detailsLeah Scaramuzzo, MSN, RN, C, AOCN, Oncology Education Specialist, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, email: mrazla@umdnj.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165117-
dc.description.abstractResearch shows that knowledge empowers patientsÆ decision-making and those that take part in healthcare decisions are more likely to have better outcomes. Literature supports that cancer patients want information and engage in information seeking behavior. Yet, where can they go for assistance when searching for credible, in-depth cancer information in understandable terminology? Many discover that public and hospital libraries do not meet these needs, the Internet is very overwhelming, and oncology professionals often have time constraints that prevent them from providing in-depth education. Led by an oncology nurse educator, the Resource and Learning Center (RLC) was developed at an outpatient NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, with the goal of providing patients/families with a myriad of evidence-based education resources about cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and symptom management. The RLC allows patients/families to ascertain information at any point in their care, capitalizing on principles of readiness to learn. Patients/families assist with identifying learning barriers and their best learning strategies. After conducting a needs assessment of patients/families, completing literature reviews, and networking with other centers, a proposal was developed and grant funding for the RLC was secured. A multidisciplinary patient education committee provided guidance and identified sources of best evidence. The RLC contains computers with health education software and reputable Web sites, consumer health books, medical reference books, audio/visuals, journals, newsletters, brochures, and a designated area where educational/ psychosocial classes are held. A medical librarian is on staff to assist with information requests. Healthcare practitioners refer patients to the RLC by using a ôPrescription for Learningö pad. More than 1200 visits occurred during the first year of RLC operation. 100% of those completing evaluations indicated that the information obtained helped them make healthcare decisions and improved communication with their healthcare team. Based on oncologistsÆ requests, tumor specific ôPrescriptions for Learningö are currently being developed. Oncology nurses have unique opportunities to develop patient education strategies and programs and enhance their professional development and contributions to oncology care. Findings support that the development of consumer libraries assists patients/families with the information search process enabling them to become fully informed and use the evidence to support their decision-making.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:12:49Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:12:49Z-
dc.conference.date2007en_US
dc.conference.name32nd Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, 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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