Vicki Kennedy stresses that there are many ways to engage patients in conversations about what they need as part of their cancer care. She suggests that the best tip is to locate resources and be proactive in asking patients about their needs rather than waiting until the patient is in crisis to get them services.
Vicki Kennedy emphasizes the shift that the cancer community is taking in providing support for emotional, psychological, and social aspects of care. She sites the Commission on Cancer as a leader in developing new standards for navigation services, distress screening, and survivorship care planning.
Vicki Kennedy dispels the myth that implementing new patient-centered standards will create new burdens on the practice. Research suggests that once these standards are in place, efficiency and effectiveness of the practice are actually improved and patients receive better quality of care.
Dr. Bosserman explains that her practice takes a team approach to patient care. They divide the work to increase discussion with the patient and improve access and treatment. This is crucial to the care process but is sometimes difficult for patients to understand.
Vicki Kennedy, LCSW, Vice President of Program Development & Delivery for the Cancer Support Community, emphasizes the importance of understanding all the dimensions of a patient's life. Considering the emotional, social, and financial aspects of a person's life are all important pieces of the treatment equation and necessary for receiving quality care.
Vicki Kennedy points out that it is difficult to define adequate psychosocial care since the needs of each patient vary greatly. More importantly, oncology professionals need to be able to help patients identify their problems and concerns and then find them the resources they need to address those needs.
According to Vicki Kennedy, early research indicates that psychosocial support can provide cost-savings by reducing hospital readmissions, decreased emergency department visits, and better utilization of staff. There are many groups doing research to determine the cost-effectiveness of these new patient standards.
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