Evaluation of an Educational Session for Newly Diagnosed Melanoma Patients at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Surgical Oncology Melanoma Clinic - A Quality Improvement Project
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. College of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Document Projects
Purpose: Our goal is to evaluate the effectiveness of an individualized educational session by a nurse practitioner for patients diagnosed with melanoma. Secondary goals were to evaluate the time efficiency and patient satisfaction with this educational tool. Methods: All adult English speaking patients presenting for their initial surgical consult at OSUWMC Surgical Oncology Melanoma Clinic with newly diagnosed melanoma were invited to participate via a printed flyer. Melanoma education was provided in an individualized one-on-one method utilizing the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Guidelines for Patients highlighted to reflect the participant’s specific pathology, staging and prognosis. Patients’ melanoma knowledge scores were measured before and after the educational session using a standardized 23 item multiple choice questionnaire. Patient demographics and the time needed for education was recorded. Patient satisfaction was measured using a Lickert scale. Results: A total of 24 participants (male = 16, female = 7) were enrolled, with 23 successfully completing the program. The average number of correct answers from the pre-educational questionnaire was 12.6 while the average number of correct answers post-educational questionnaire was 16.3. The average increase in correct answers between pre and post educational questionnaire was 3.7 (STD 3.52; CI 95% (2.18, 5.21), p <0.001, Cohen’s d 1.05). Educational sessions lasted from 13 to 25 minutes with a mean of 17.9 minutes. Patients reported high satisfaction with the educational session as measured by helpfulness and willingness to recommend. Conclusion: Our results provide evidence of the effectiveness of delivering a personalized educational session to newly diagnosed melanoma patients by improving melanoma knowledge and obtaining high satisfaction scores. The average time to complete this education session was within the time constraints of a new patient appointment. This educational method should be considered effective and feasible by improving patient knowledge, being time efficient, and having high patient satisfaction responses.