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Christina Signorelli, Claire E. Wakefield, Karen A. Johnston, Joanna E. Fardell, Jordana K McLoone, Mary-Ellen E. Brierley, Maria Schaffer, Elysia Thornton-Benko, Afaf Girgis, W. Hamish Wallace, Richard J. Cohn, and on behalf of the BSU Implementation Group

Background: Survivors of childhood cancer often experience treatment-related chronic health conditions. Survivorship care improves survivors’ physical and mental health, yet many are disengaged from care. Innovative models of care are necessary to overcome patient-reported barriers to accessing survivorship care and to maximize survivors’ health. Methods: We piloted a novel survivorship program, called “Re-engage,” a distance-delivered, nurse-led intervention aiming to engage, educate, and empower survivors not receiving any cancer-related care. Re-engage involves a nurse-led consultation delivered via telephone/online to establish survivors’ medical history and needs. Participants completed questionnaires at baseline, 1 month postintervention, and 6-month follow-up. Results: A total of 27 survivors who had not accessed survivorship care in the last 2 years participated (median age, 31 years; interquartile range [IQR], 27–39 years); of which, 82% were at high-risk for treatment-related complications. Participation in Re-engage was high (75%) and there was no attrition once survivors enrolled. At 1 month postintervention, 92% of survivors reported that Re-engage was “beneficial,” which all survivors reported at 6-month follow-up. Survivors’ overall satisfaction with their care increased from 52% before Re-engage to 84% at 1 month postintervention. Survivors’ mean self-efficacy scores remained similar from baseline to 1 month postintervention (b = −0.33, 95% CI, −1.31 to 0.65), but increased significantly from baseline to 6-month follow-up (b = 1.64, 95% CI, 0.28–3.00). At 6-month follow-up, 73% of survivors showed an increase in health-related self-efficacy compared with baseline. Conclusions: Re-engage is a highly acceptable and feasible intervention and promotes health-related self-efficacy, which is integral to survivors being advocates for their own health. Further empirical work is needed to evaluate the long-term efficacy of Re-engage.

Trial registration: ACTRN12618000194268