Recommendations for the implementation of distress screening programs in cancer centers: Report from the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS), Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW), and Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) joint task force

William F. Pirl, Jesse R. Fann, Joseph A. Greer, Ilana Braun, Teresa Deshields, Caryl Fulcher, Elizabeth Harvey, Jimmie Holland, Vicki Kennedy, Mark Lazenby, Lynne Wagner, Meghan Underhill, Deborah K. Walker, James Zabora, Bradley Zebrack, Wayne A. Bardwell

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Abstract

In 2015, the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer will require cancer centers to implement screening programs for psychosocial distress as a new criterion for accreditation. A joint task force from the American Psychosocial Oncology Society, the Association of Oncology Social Work, and the Oncology Nursing Society developed consensus-based recommendations to guide the implementation of this requirement. In this review, the authors provide recommendations regarding each of the 6 components necessary to meet the ACoS standard: 1) inclusion of psychosocial representation on the cancer committee, 2) timing of screening, 3) method/mode of screening, 4) tools for screening, 5) assessment and referral, and 6) documentation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2946-2954
Number of pages9
JournalCancer
Volume120
Issue number19
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • cancer
  • distress screening
  • implementation
  • neoplasms
  • programs
  • psychosocial
  • psychosocial aspects
  • recommendations
  • screening
  • standards

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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