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Pediatric Oncology Chemotherapy Calendar Creation: A Nationwide Survey
  • Emily Mueller,
  • Anneli Cochrane,
  • Aaron Carroll
Emily Mueller
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

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Anneli Cochrane
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
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Aaron Carroll
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
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Background: An effective chemotherapy calendar system between the clinician and the patient/caregiver can improve patient centered outcomes. There is lack of research on how chemotherapy calendars are created and what aspects are important to pediatric oncology providers. Procedure: In an online survey of pediatric oncology providers, we evaluated institutional practices, perceptions of chemotherapy calendar creation, and desires for future tools. 220 survey participants provided data, with a 10.4% response rate. Results: Participants indicated that 72% always or most of the time their institution provides a chemotherapy calendar, most commonly at the start of a new cycle (90%) or with a dosing change (68%). Factors such as the health literacy of the family, prior non-adherence, type of cancer, and desire of the family affected the creation decision. Advanced practice providers (45%) or nurse coordinator/navigators (43%) were most likely to create the calendar. No significant difference was found between the likelihood of creating a calendar and institutional size (p=0.09) or provider years in practice (p=0.26). About 95% of participants indicated chemotherapy calendar creation software that improved ease and efficiency would be moderately to extremely useful. Conclusion: Future efforts should focus on patient and caregiver perspectives of chemotherapy calendar elements and utilization.
01 Feb 2023Submission Checks Completed
01 Feb 2023Assigned to Editor
01 Feb 2023Submitted to Pediatric Blood & Cancer
01 Feb 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
01 Feb 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned
20 Feb 2023Editorial Decision: Revise Major
04 Aug 2023Submission Checks Completed
04 Aug 2023Assigned to Editor
04 Aug 20231st Revision Received
09 Aug 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
10 Aug 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned
30 Aug 2023Editorial Decision: Accept