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Adult nursing
Survivorship care plans have minimal impact on health actions
  1. Doris Howell
  1. Department of Psychosocial Oncology, Princess Margaret Hospital Cancer Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Doris Howell, Psychosocial Oncology, Princess Margaret Hospital Cancer Centre, Toronto, ON M5G 2M9, Canada; doris.howell{at}

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Commentary on: Hawkins-Taylor C, Anderson DG, Carlson A, et al. Survivorship care plans: health actions taken and satisfaction after use. Oncol Nurs Forum 2019;46:585–94.

Implications for practice and research

  • Survivorship Care Plans should be a standard of nursing practice and as essential preparatory patient education alongside health promotion counselling at treatment end.

  • Nursing research should shift towards robust research to test the effects of behavioural interventions as an adjunct to Survivorship Care Plans on survivors’ health actions.


Survivorship Care Plans (SCPs) are an element of quality survivorship care.1 Several reports2 and guidelines3 recommend SCPs at end of cancer treatment as a standard of care. SCPs are personalised records of the care that outline follow-up (FU) surveillance, long-term symptoms, signs of recurrence, community resources and lifestyle modifications to reduce late effect risks.4 SCPs help survivors as they transition from …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.