Author(s): Deshields TL, Nanna SK
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Abstract This paper describes a psycho-oncology consultation model of care (POCM) that provides a framework for psychosocial clinical work with cancer patients. Goals for care are addressed that follow the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine report advocating care for the "whole patient." Specific goals include reducing distress and symptoms, building on the patient's existing strengths, enhancing self-efficacy, expanding the patient's repertoire of healthy coping strategies, and addressing informational needs. Specific interventions are described that clinicians can implement in order to address the above goals. The paper also addresses the unique challenges encountered in working with cancer patients, as well as programmatic difficulties that are inherent in providing mental health care in a medical setting.
This article was published in J Clin Psychol Med Settings
and referenced in International Journal of Neurorehabilitation