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A Nurse-Led Care Model to Improve Access to Rural Survivorship Care

March 23, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join NCCS on Wednesday, March 23, at 12 PM ET, to hear from Pam DeGuzman, PhD, RN, who will 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.

Dr. Pamela DeGuzman 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.

Learn more about NCCS’s Survivorship Champions program for clinicians and researchers:


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