In 2008, the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academies of Science, Medicine, and Engineering) released its influential report, Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs, which called attention to the importance of the psychosocial needs of cancer patients and the consequences of these needs remaining unmet. The IOM report concludes:
Attending to psychosocial needs should be an integral part of quality cancer care. All components of the health care system that are involved in cancer care should explicitly incorporate attention to psychosocial needs.
Today, there is an increasing body of knowledge around this area, and organizations like the Commission on Cancer (CoC) and others are including distress screening as part of their guidelines and accreditation standards.
ACCC, along with its project partner APOS, identified three ACCC member programs that are serving as model sites for the “Psychosocial Distress Screening” project.
ACCC’s new podcast, CANCER BUZZ, features fresh perspectives on pressing clinical, workplace, and care delivery issues that inevitably arise in oncology care. From the benchside to the bedside, CANCER BUZZ conversations will cover top-of-mind questions and real-world impact.
The inaugural episode of CANCER BUZZ—Zeroing in on Symptom Management— looks at why and how some cancer programs are creating an alternative option to the emergency room for after-hours emergent care of their patients in active treatment. Two nurses from Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center 24-Hour Cancer Clinic—a 2018 ACCC Innovator Award winner—explain how their round-the-clock clinic is keeping cancer patients out of the ED, reducing unneeded testing and hospital admissions, and improving the patient experience.
The latest episode of CANCER BUZZ—Fostering Cancer Care Team Resiliency & Well-Being—takes an honest look at workplace stressors and the risk of burnout among members of the cancer care team. You'll hear from oncology professionals from a variety of care settings who are committed to creating a workplace culture that fosters well-being for all. This episode uncovers some strategies that have had real, positive effects on how oncology care providers feel about their work, their patients, and one another.
Each month CANCER BUZZ will deliver insights on hot topics in oncology. Be sure to listen in; you may find new solutions to the seemingly intractable challenges in your own workplace.
Tune on August 28 for the next CANCER BUZZ episode: Why Comprehensive Cancer Care Services Matter.