Addressing the psychosocial needs of cancer patients: a retrospective analysis of a distress screening and management protocol in clinical care.

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Summary of "Addressing the psychosocial needs of cancer patients: a retrospective analysis of a distress screening and management protocol in clinical care."

A growing recognition of the impact of distress on the quality of life and adherence to treatment of cancer patients has been documented. As a result, national guidelines and standards of care mandate providers to implement distress screening protocols to connect patients with psychosocial services. However, limited literature has examined whether distressed patients are referred to care and their needs addressed. This article assessed differences in rates of referral and psychosocial services by demographic factors, clinical characteristics, and distress severity. Potential predictors of these two outcomes were investigated.


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Name: Journal of psychosocial oncology
ISSN: 1540-7586
Pages: 1-14


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