A recent article published on Oncology Nursing News suggests conversations about value-based oncology care are ultimately ignoring individual patients, though a growing belief that patient-centric care and shared decision-making are indispensable components in health care delivery.
“Part of the solution for reconciling these seemingly disparate tensions may well be to consider psychosocial care as an integral part of patient-centered, high-value care,” the author, CancerCare Chief Strategy and Policy Officer Ellen Miller-Sonet writes.
Miller-Sonet points to a recent study she and colleagues conducted which she says highlights “significant gaps in the delivery of psychosocial care from diagnosis through survivorship.”
“Value frameworks, such as those from ICER and NCCN, attempt to help payers and providers identify treatments that deliver the highest quality care at the lowest cost based upon limited clinical trial data, in which a treatment’s efficacy is viewed in light of its toxicity and cost,” she writes. “This narrow perspective is prompting providers, patients and patient advocates to call for more patient-centric frameworks that facilitate patient-provider shared decision-making.”
To read the full article on Oncology Nursing News, click here.