July 2017 Vol 8, No 7

I recently saw a definition of the word “navigate” that read: to plan and direct the route or course of a ship, aircraft, or other form of transportation, especially by using instruments or maps.
JONS speaks with Ms. Strusowski about the need for national metrics, the process of metric creation, and their intended use.
A case study demonstrating the importance of patient advocacy, respecting patients’ choices, and addressing barriers to care.
The term “patient-reported outcome” (PRO) has become ubiquitous in the realm of cancer care. According to Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, PROs are still in the early stages of being integrated into quality assessment programs and routine clinical practice, but engaging patients through PROs can be an invaluable tool for assessing and improving the conduct and quality of symptom management, he said at the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Quality Care Symposium.
To improve the quality of cancer care, the voices of cancer patients should be integrated into care delivery and evaluation, according to Neeraj Arora, PhD. “Patient-centeredness needs to be more than just an add-on to clinical practice,” he said. “When diagnosed with cancer, patients are not only looking to maximize their chances of survival; they are looking for support to guide them through this major ordeal.”
Establishing a Patient and Family Advisory Council for Quality (PFACQ) is one of the most direct routes to true patient-centered care, according to Kate Niehaus, MBA, Chair of the PFACQ at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York City. At the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Care Symposium, Ms Niehaus discussed how PFACQs can be used as a mechanism for the patient’s voice.
The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community has recently been recognized by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as suffering disproportionately from both economic and health disparities, particularly in the realm of cancer, according to Gwendolyn Quinn, PhD, Senior Member in the Health Outcomes and Behavior Program and Director of the Moffitt Survey Methods Core at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL.
Due to this lack of cancer survivorship–specific guidelines, cancer centers are increasingly developing ad hoc or unproven survivorship care models, according to Sarah Raskin, PhD, MPH.
Compliance with orders for granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) is suboptimal, and inadequate prophylaxis was directly tied to hospital admissions, according to results from a single-center retrospective study from the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
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