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Psycho-Oncology in Health Policy 

Psycho-Oncology in Health Policy
Source:
Psycho-Oncology (3 ed.)

US accreditation requirements for cancer programs have changed within the past few years to include patient-centered care standards, representing a significant shift for the field of psychosocial oncology. Psychosocial care has been elevated from inclusion in clinical practice guidelines to integration within accreditation requirements. This significant step forward for the field of psychosocial oncology is attributable to the well-documented salience of unmet psychosocial health needs and the exciting convergence of evidence supporting the importance of psychosocial care to maximize cancer outcomes. This chapter reviews the evolution of psychosocial care standards from clinical practice guidelines to accreditation standards. The new American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) patient-centered standard on psychosocial distress screening are reviewed. Finally, the shifting landscape with regard to health insurance and access to care are discussed. These shifts offer unparalleled opportunities for widespread dissemination to employ the science of psychosocial care in clinical practice.

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