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:
- Patient-centered Communication Research
- Assessment of Patients' Experience of Cancer Care (APECC) Study
- Experiences of Care and Health Outcomes of Survivors of non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (ECHOS-NHL) Study
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013