Redefining the spectrum of compassionate care

Ashley Reid ashley@wellist.com
Lanie Francis kasdanl@upmc.edu
Meg Maley meg@cansurround.com

Abstract

The health care system continues to achieve state-of-the-art medical advances and yet there exist very limited tools for clinicians to deliver the entire spectrum of compassionate care. This gap is striking given the overwhelming – and growing - body of evidence that demonstrates a clear link between addressing patients’ psychosocial/non-clinical needs and improved outcomes. For cancer patients specifically, the lack of access to transportation or other support services, stress and depression associated with their diagnosis, and inattention to nutrition and exercise can cause additional suffering, weaken adherence to prescribed treatments, and risk medical complications.

Today, leading providers are beginning to address this issue with programs that range from the mind/body wellness to digital platforms that connect patients to support services. This panel will examine the medical, psychological, and financial benefits of addressing the needs of the whole patient.
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