Because distress can occur at any point within the patient's care continuum, screening at both the inpatient and outpatient levels is important. Distress screening in the outpatient and clinic setting has become more widely adopted over the past few years, but many facilities still lack inpatient screening. A study focusing on inpatient oncology screening discovered high levels of psychosocial and physical distress in two-thirds of the 80 patients who participated.(1) The American College of Surgeons (ACOS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) requires all cancer centers to implement routine screening for psychosocial distress as of January 2015; however, this recommendation does not delineate between inpatient and outpatient services and the definition of routine is unclear.(1)
Cordata Oncology makes the application of the distress screen easy. Simply access the application at one of your licensed location points...the hospital (bedside for inpatients), the cancer center, the infusion center, the medical oncologist's office, radiation oncology facility, etc. Cordata Oncology is meeting your Commission on Cancer needs for 2015. If you have any questions about our support for your Distress Screening, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 Hegel MT, Moore CP, Collins ED, et al. Distress, psychiatric syndromes, and impairment of function in women with newly diagnosed breast cancer. Cancer. 2006;107(12):2924-2931.