Case management needs of older and elderly cancer survivors

Prof Case Manag. Mar-Apr 2012;17(2):61-9; quiz 70-1. doi: 10.1097/NCM.0b013e31823be04b.

Abstract

Purpose/objectives: The purpose of this study was to examine the case management needs of older and elderly adults. The specific aim was to describe the results of a survey distributed to cancer survivors, asking them to respond to questions about their specific needs. The survey targeted the physical, psychosocial, social, and spiritual needs.

Primary practice setting: Outpatient setting, outreach program.

Findings/conclusions: Fatigue, fear of reoccurrence, and sleep disturbances were of the greatest concern to the older and elderly cancer survivor.

Implications for case management practice: Case managers dealing with elderly cancer survivors can target these needs in terms of transitions from inpatient to outpatient care and beyond into the survivorship period.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aging*
  • Alabama / epidemiology
  • Case Management*
  • Fatigue
  • Female
  • Geriatric Assessment / methods*
  • Geriatric Nursing / methods*
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Health Services Needs and Demand*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Neoplasms / psychology
  • Outpatients
  • Psychometrics
  • Recurrence
  • Sleep Wake Disorders
  • Survivors