Pam DeGuzman, PhD, RN, joined NCCS to discuss the development and evaluation of Comprehensive Assistance: Rural Interventions, Nursing and Guidance (CARING), a nurse-led intervention aimed at reducing disparities in quality of life for rural cancer survivors.
During active treatment, rural survivors may forgo supportive care interventions to prioritize and consolidate medical visits into one day, with the goal of minimizing travel (called “appointment stacking”). CARING connects rural survivors with an oncology-specialized registered nurse several weeks after the completion of active treatment, to exclusively focus on lingering supportive care needs.
After Dr. DeGuzman’s presentation, NCCS CEO Shelley Fuld Nasso moderated a discussion featuring questions from the audience.
Watch the full video below or watch on YouTube.
Note: Due to a technical glitch, the Q&A portion of the webinar is audio only.
Webinar Slides and Links Discussed
- Dr. DeGuzman’s Slide Deck [PDF]
- The Cancer Support Person’s Unmet Needs Survey
- Development and validation of the Short-Form Survivor Unmet Needs Survey (SF-SUNS)
- Information about Survivorship Care Planning
- American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Treatment and Care Plan Templates
- Examination of a distress screening intervention for rural cancer survivors reveals low uptake of psychosocial referrals, by Pam DeGuzman, PhD, et al, Journal of Cancer Survivorship (2021)
About Dr. Pam DeGuzman
Pamela Baker DeGuzman, PhD, MBA, RN, CNL is an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. She has worked with individuals with cancer since 1996, beginning her career as a bedside nurse at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, DC. She obtained her PhD in 2012 and joined the faculty of the UVa School of Nursing. In addition to developing innovative nurse-led care models, she is currently studying the implementation of telemedicine video visits in rural public libraries and has written the foundational research agenda aimed at studying this practice. She has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles.