Self-Assessment Video and Booklet Series
Cost for 2020: $35,679
- To assist individuals fighting blood cancer with physical self-assessments to lead to the creation of individualized overall health plans.
- To collect patient data to track improvement,
- To improve patient-athlete responses, and
- To enable Throwing Bones strategic partners to improve the lives of individuals living with a blood cancer.
- Immediate medical needs and all underlying health conditions
- Demographics and financial status
- Medical history
- Access to fitness resources
○ Weight and weight gain/loss
○ Food intake
○ Symptoms affecting nutrition and/or food intake
○ Metabolic demand
- Mental Health
○ 1-2 page mental health screen/self-assessment
With the help of grant-funding, sponsorships and individual donors, Throwing Bones will create videos with accompanying printed booklets (also accessible online and as a printable .pdf) to assist blood cancer patients with physical self-assessments and the creation of individualized overall health plans.
Videos and booklets will be used to share methods of self assessing a patients’ current physical condition in order to improve health, wellness and overall well being, possibly allowing for the best course of cancer treatment for each individual patient. Data will be gathered from patients to help them determine their current abilities, limitations, and strategies to move them forward.
The 4 videos will focus on establishing a baseline interaction with the individuals: 1. General Health Assessment and Pain Baseline
- Physical Function Assessment
- Mental Health Assessment Through Virtual Screening (Anonymous Unless Released By Patient)by Certified Professional
- Nutrition Assessment Through Journal Submission to Throwing Bones
The self-assessment screening tools provide an anonymous evaluation, immediate feedback and contact information to schedule an appointment or learn more about resources and referrals offered by Throwing Bones.
The videos will be developed with the guidance of cancer-focused fitness trainers, physical therapists and oncologists. The patient-athlete will receive instruction (self-guided) in establishing a baseline assessment of where they should start with a physical fitness plan. Throwing Bones will receive data to help establish a better long-term plan of maintenance and improvement with regards to improving patient-athlete fitness level, the patient-athlete’s individual goals, and quality of life.
Printed booklets will act as a companion to the initial 4 videos that can be distributed via the website. Funds will also be used to design the handouts and to produce video content that will be engaging, informative and of good quality.
From the self-assessment program, data collected from each patient-athlete will include, but shall not be limited to, general and specific health history, pre-screen data, mental health assessment and a nutrition journal.