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Patient-Centered Care

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.  

Featured Programs

Shared Decision-Making

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.
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Supportive Care Resources Hub

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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From Oncology Issues

  •  Improving Care Coordination for Advanced NSCLC
    Michelle Schiller, DO, AP/CP, MGP, et al.
    There remains an overarching need to identify and provide guidance on key issues related to the optimal care of patients with NSCLC across different community cancer programs/settings in the U.S. To address this need, a multiphase project was implemented by ACCC and its partner organizations, with the main goal being to support the optimization of care for patients diagnosed with stage III and IV NSCLC.
  •  Cancer Care from the Comfort of Your Car
    Barbara A. Gabriel, MA
    Moffitt’s Curbside Clinic gives patients another option for accessing care.
  •  Views: Celebrating Cancer Survivors During COVID-19
    Amber Kapoor, MPH
    At Middlesex Health Cancer Center, we knew we could not let another year pass without an in-person celebration of all that our survivors and staff have endured. We were determined to bring people together again in a safe way.
  •  Mining Data to Improve Care Coordination of Patients with Hematologic Malignancies
    Rachel Dragovich, PharmD, and Jan Kover, RPh, BCOP
    The purpose of this study was to assess patient, disease, and medication-related factors that affect the rate of unplanned readmissions before next chemotherapy cycle or within 30 days since last chemotherapy admission in patients with hematologic malignancies.
  •  Tailoring Distress Screening in Oncology Populations
    Laura Melton, PhD, ABPP, et al.
    Because interdisciplinary teams become specialists in treating certain disease sites, it is important to develop distress screening guidelines that best serve specific patient populations and their treatment.

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