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Improving Psychosocial Care for Improved Health Outcomes

Rodriguez, Maria Alma; Tortorella, Frank; John, Cynthia St.

The Journal for Healthcare Quality (JHQ): July-August 2010 - Volume 32 - Issue 4 - p 3–13
doi: 10.1111/j.1945-1474.2010.00099.x
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The core of healthcare quality is continuous improvement of processes and results. For cancer patients, psychosocial care can affect overall outcomes. In this article, we outline the efforts that a national comprehensive cancer center is using to bring psychosocial care to the same level of awareness, importance, and integration as clinical care. Improving all aspects of patient care, psychosocial as well as biological, must be pursued if progress in overall quality of cancer care is to be achieved.

1University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas

2Texas Health Resources in Arlington, Texas

For more information on this article, contact Maria Alma Rodriguez atmarodriguez@mdanderson.org.

© 2010 National Association for Healthcare Quality
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