From the National Academy of Medicine’s 2001 Crossing the Quality Chasm report to the more recent Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis, patient-centered care is recognized as integral to high-quality care.1,2 Defined as “care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions,”patient-centered care delivery strives to treat the “whole” patient throughout the cancer care continuum.3 The importance of placing the patient at the center of care processes is reflected by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, Cancer Program Standards: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care.4 Today many cancer programs continue to expand patient access to a variety of psychosocial and supportive care services. In this section, find ACCC programs, tools, articles, and a curated hub of supportive care resources to help.
1Institute of Medicine. Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century. 2001.
2Institute of Medicine. Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis. 2013.
3Institute of Medicine. Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs. 2008.
4American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Cancer Program Standards: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care. 2016.
Shared Decision-Making: Practical Implementation for the Oncology Team seeks to highlight effective strategies in patient-provider communication, particularly through shared decision-making in relation to specific patient populations, such as those with metastatic disease, low literacy, and advanced old age, in which principles for effective communication differ vastly.
The Supportive Care Resources Hub offers a host of curated resources for providers in the areas of psychosocial distress screening, survivorship care planning, patient navigation, palliative care, and communication.
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Statement on the Value of Oncology Advanced Practitioners