As healthcare professionals continue to be under pressure to engage in evidence-based practice, work within time constraints and fill patient quotas, they struggle with how much quality time they are able to spend with patients and family members. Having a one-stop portal of vetted resources is an enormous time saver, so meeting with patients can be spent speaking, not searching.
In a report written by the Institute of Medicine titled “Cancer Care for the Whole Patient,” psychosocial healthcare addresses the emotional and life challenges that can accompany a serious illness and prevent patients from being able to care for themselves. These instances may include the inability to pay for and receive healthcare or medications; skills addressing how to monitor and improve their health, and the lack of transportation to medical appointments, which is critical in gaining back physical and mental health.
Some of these problems were investigated in the Blue Hills Community Health Alliance CHNA 20 / Community Health Assessment Report 2011. In this report, numerous residents mentioned the need for transportation; access to affordable healthcare; counseling, and referral pathways to physicians.
In 2013, a review titled” Traveling towards disease: transportation barriers to health care access,” published in the Journal of Community Health found that around 25 percent of lower-income patients have missed or rescheduled their appointments due to lack of transportation. The patients who reported issues with transportation also missed filling prescriptions more than twice as often as patients without that same problem.
In addition, the Cancer Collaborative™ workshops provide professional development and networking opportunities, along with resources and tools to maintain partnerships. The workshop series is designed for patient navigators, nurses, social workers, community health workers, and organizations that support patients with cancer.
Each Cancer Collaborative workshop has three speakers and two break-out sessions. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society provides 3 Continuing Education Credits for nurses and social workers on the day of the seminars.
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