2017 ASCO Quality Care Symposium

Establishing a Patient and Family Advisory Council for Quality (PFACQ) is one of the most direct routes to true patient-centered care, according to Kate Niehaus, MBA, Chair of the PFACQ at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York City. At the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Care Symposium, Ms Niehaus discussed how PFACQs can be used as a mechanism for the patient’s voice.
The term “patient-reported outcome” (PRO) has become ubiquitous in the realm of cancer care. According to Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, PROs are still in the early stages of being integrated into quality assessment programs and routine clinical practice, but engaging patients through PROs can be an invaluable tool for assessing and improving the conduct and quality of symptom management, he said at the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Quality Care Symposium.

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