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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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ACCCBuzz Blog Posts

From Oncology Issues

  •  Young Adult Parents Tap into Long Distance Support
    Laura Melton, PhD, ABPP
    We proposed creating an online video support group to enable patients with cancer who would otherwise have difficulty attending such groups to participate virtually.
  •  Views: Simple Talk
    Sarah Johnson, MSW, LICSW, OSW-C, AND Ali Cain, MSW, LICSW, OSW-C
    Simple Talk provides an opportunity for parents to meet with social workers, in person or over the phone, to discuss their fears and concerns about cancer, while learning how to best communicate with and support their children.
  •  "Prescribing" Exercise and Nutrition in Cancer Cares
    Jessica Clague DeHart, PhD, MPH, et al.
    As more evidence is showing, all the activities encompassed under the wellness umbrella can be applied to cancer prevention and the cancer care continuum.
  •  Making the Business Case for Hiring a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
    Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RDN, et al.
    Nutrition plays a critical role in cancer prevention, treatment, and survivorship, and the registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) is an integral member of the multidisciplinary cancer care team.
  •  How to Combat a Virus
    Jennie Crews, MD, MMM, FACP