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Evaluating the Implementation of the Cuisine for Healing Program
Caitlin McAfee, Senior Social Work Student
Dr. Harriet Cohen, LCSW & Jane Oderberg, LMSW
Texas Christian University
• There is an increase in the number of cancer patients in the world (Jones
& Denmark-Wahnefried, 2006)
• In 2009 there were more than 98,000 new cases of cancer in Texas alone
(American Cancer Society, 2009)
• It is expected that over 560,000 men, women, and children in the US will
lose their fight to cancer this year (American Cancer Society, 2009)
• Research is showing that a poor diet can place a person at further risk of
developing cancer (American Cancer Society, 2009)
• Four of five respondents believe the program needs minor to no changes
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the implementation of the
Cuisine for Healing program to increase success rates of the program.
• Average time of delivery took 61-90 minutes
• The food pick up site was located relatively close to client’s home
• One out of the five stated that client was not home upon delivery
• Three out of three respondents expressed that no changes were needed for
delivery process
• Cancer Care Services has recognized a need for nutrition services
• Cancer Care Services along with Cuisine for Healing has implemented a
nutrition program for cancer patients about to undergo treatment
• Data does not give enough insight into needed changes
The five individuals who delivered food to clients were asked to participate
in the study
• Personal assessment shows changes are needed in delivery time and
possible added pickup locations
• Recruitment for more clients is needed for program growth along with
• Program needs to be re-evaluated after it has grown
All five that were asked participated in the study
A onetime anonymous survey was administered to participants
• More research needs to be done to fully assess the program and see if
anything could be adjusted to improve effectiveness of program
• The survey consisted of 10 questions, one of which was open ended
• Three out of five participants were program developers so data is biased
• The lack of delivery experiences was because of small participant
• If the program developers had approached JPS sooner it would have
increased the possibility for potential participants and delivery
• To shorten average delivery time of 75 minutes, the location of pick up and
destination could be matched more closely
• Focus should be to increase participant and volunteer populations
• Difficulty generalizing study with larger population
• Lack of validity
• Volunteers had fewer experiences delivering food
American Cancer Society. (2009). Cancer facts and figures 2009.
Cuisine for healing. 2009.
Jones, L., & Demark-Wahnefried, W. (2006). Diet, exercise, and complementary therapies after
primary treatment for cancer. Lancet Oncology, 7(12), 1017-1026.
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