Quality Care Standards
APOS Endorses Psychosocial Standards of Care for Children with Cancer and Their Families
APOS has endorsed the "Psychosocial Standards of Care for Children with Cancer and Their Families" published in a December 2015 special supplement of Pediatric Blood and Cancer. The scientific, evidence-based psychosocial standards define the psychosocial care that all children with cancer and their families should receive. More than 60 clinicians and researchers from the US, Canada and the Netherlands developed the standards over three years following rigorous research and academic requirements and processes. The Washington Post published an article on the standards featuring Vicki and Peter Brown of the Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation.
Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs
This report, published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2008, provided a clear and strong recommendation that the provision of psychosocial services be adopted as a standard of quality cancer care. Key findings from this study indicated that the psychosocial health care needs of patients with cancer are not being adequately addressed despite evidence supporting the effectiveness of a range of services to help patients and their families manage the psychosocial aspects of cancer.
The report presents a model for the delivery of psychosocial services that includes implementing a process to identify patients' psychosocial needs and then implementing plans to link patients with needed psychosocial services.
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This is a coalition of professional and advocacy organizations brought together to advance recommendations from the IOM report Cancer Care for the Whole Patient