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Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs
such as improved shared decision making by patients and their health care providers; improved coordination of care across multiple care providers; patients’ timely receipt of information on their health status, treatment options, or plan of care; and patients’ increased ability to manage their illness
Improved employment and work performance
Improved educational performance
Improved family functioning
The committee used four approaches to identify such interventions:
Review of previous IOM studies and other expert reports (listed above)
Gathering of the knowledge of effective interventions among committee members
Solicitation of recommended effective interventions from other expert organizations and individuals
A search of the peer-reviewed literature
The committee placed greatest value on identifying models that (1) are clearly defined with respect to their conceptual basis, purpose, and component activities; (2) have been successful in achieving their stated purpose as demonstrated by reliable and valid evidence; and (3) have characteristics that promote their uptake.
The strategy used by the committee to search the peer-reviewed literature is available from the IOM study director. Expert organizations contacted to help identify effective models/interventions included the following:
Academic Chronic Care Collaborative
Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine
Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
American Cancer Society
American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer