Original Research

Multidisciplinary Specialty Teams: A Self-Management Program for Patients With Advanced Cancer

Christine Tocchi, PhD, APRN, GNP-BC, Ruth McCorkle, PhD, FAAN, and M. Tish Knobf, PhD, RN, FAAN, AOCN®

Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, North Carolina; Yale University, West Haven, Connecticut

Authors' disclosures of potential conflicts of interest are found at the end of this article. Research funded by the National Institutes
of Health.

Christine Tocchi, PhD, APRN, GNP-BC, Duke University School of Nursing, 307 Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710. E-mail: christine.tocchi@duke.edu


J Adv Pract Oncol 2015;6:408–416 | doi: 10.6004/jadpro.2015.6.5.2 | © 2015 Harborside Press®


  

ABSTRACT

Abstract

Self-management has been shown to be an effective intervention to enable and empower patients with chronic illness to manage their health. Taking Early Action to Manage Self (TEAMS) is such an intervention, providing education and support to patients with advanced solid tumors to develop self-management skills. We conducted a study and surveyed health-care providers about their perceptions of multidisciplinary teams on the outcomes of this TEAMS intervention as well as factors that may influence its adoption into practice. The majority of respondents reported that the TEAMS program was feasible to practice and well suited to their patient population. In this article, the full results of this survey are presented, along with the emerging themes of empowerment and improved communication between patients and providers. In addition, facilitators and barriers to its adoption are explored. Although providers supported the adoption of the TEAMS program, provider resources to implement and maintain it need to be addressed prior to its widespread adoption.




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