Testing an Optimal Model of Patient-Centered Cancer Care

The goal of this study is to develop an Oncology Nurse Care Management program for newly diagnosed breast, colorectal, and lung cancer patients that will address patient questions, symptoms, and psychosocial needs, and facilitates timely, coordinated care. Led by Dr. Edward Wagner (GHC), the study team will develop an early notification system of cancer diagnosis using automated data; develop and implement the case management system; and test its effectiveness in improving patient quality of care, psychosocial distress, and depression. This innovative care management program to enhance patient-centered care will help to fill an important gap in efforts to improve quality of cancer care surrounding diagnosis and treatment decision making.

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