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Patient-centered Care & Communication

Patient-centeredness is increasingly being recognized as a critical indicator of high-quality health care delivery. Although several definitions of patient-centeredness have been proposed in the literature, two attributes are considered central to the delivery of patient-centered care. These attributes are being responsive to patient needs and incorporating the patient's perspective and experiences in care planning and decision-making.

The Outcomes Research Branch (ORB) facilitates research aimed at improving methods for assessing, monitoring, and improving patient-centered care across the cancer continuum. A specific priority is research on patient-centered communication between cancer patients/survivors, their family members, and health care delivery teams.

ORB-supported research in this area includes:

Last Modified: 24 Sep 2014