Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs



Directed at oncology specialists, health policy makers, educators, insurers, health planners, researchers and their sponsors and consumer advocates, this collection of eight articles focuses on psychological and social problems that come with the disease. Contributors describe the reach of cancer and obstacles to managing psychosocial stressors, the consequences of unmet psychosocial needs, including their effects on healing and the family, key psychosocial health services, a unified model for psychosocial care delivery (including recommended standards of care), implementation of standards of care, policy support in public and private sectors, preparation of the workforce to provide whole-patient care, and avenues of further research. Includes recommendations from prior reports.

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