Rebecca Kirch, JD, executive vice president, Healthcare Quality & Value, National Patient Advocate Foundation, explains the value of palliative care in the context of the triple aim. READ MORE

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Rebecca Kirch, JD, executive vice president, Healthcare Quality & Value, National Patient Advocate Foundation, explains the value of palliative care in the context of the triple aim.

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In patients with cancer who are depressed, a targeted treatment program improves depression and quality of life but does not extend life.

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Recent efforts to develop and validate a patient-reported assessment of the quality of palliative cancer care have been successful.

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Heightened self-efficacy for symptom management in patients with hematologic cancers prior to undergoing stem cell transplant may be used in improving symptom management and outcomes.

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Features

The essential role of patient navigation and care coordination services in helping patients to adhere to their treatment plans.

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Research in Review

Results of a recent survey showed that for patients with cancer requiring palliative care, some symptoms and care needs are not strongly associated with specific diagnoses.

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Adherence to distress screening protocols could lead to 18% fewer ER visits and 19% fewer hospitalizations.

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Resources

The American Society for Radiation Oncology has provided an update to its clinical guideline for palliative-intent radiation therapy in patients with lung cancer, recommending concurrent chemotherapy for some patients with stage III disease.

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The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recently provided a few major updates to their palliative care guidelines.

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The American Society of Clinical Oncology has released a new guideline that outlines best practices for cancer clinicians when communicating with patients and their families.

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Conferences

Better communication across medical departments can lead to improved outcomes for patients with cancer.

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Supportive care most often refers to efforts such as blood transfusions, anticoagulant use, and drug management strategies.

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