About the Webinar:
Oncology professionals and organizations around the world have come to realize the diagnosis and treatment of cancer can evoke significant levels of distress for cancer patients and their families. Thus, psychosocial distress screening is increasingly becoming a first step in identifying those with high needs as a part of quality cancer care and treatment. The goal of screening is to identify those with distress as early as possible and to intervene quickly. This presentation will review the basics of distress screening, highlight some of the realities of implementation in oncology settings based on current research, and discuss the challenges and opportunities of implementing distress screening in the oncology setting.
At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to:
- Define psychosocial distress.
- Describe the different methods of screening for distress in oncology settings
- Identify challenges of distress screening implementation and potential solutions.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Elizabeth Rohan is a health scientist in CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC). She graduated summa cum laude from Boston College in 1989 with a degree of sociology and earned her master of social work in Boston College’s accelerated program a year later. She then began a career in clinical oncology social work, counseling cancer patients and their families, first at the Massachusetts General Hospital (1990 to 1995) and later (1995 to 2002) at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, both designated Centers for Excellence in Oncology by the National Cancer Institute. She found her work with cancer patients extraordinarily rewarding and developed a research interest in the multidisciplinary oncology health care team.
Since August 2009, Dr. Rohan has been translating her clinical knowledge into public health practice at CDC. As a health scientist in DCPC’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Branch, she leads the Division’s Community Health Worker/Patient Navigation Workgroup and is an active member of CDC’s Community Health Worker Workgroup. Dr. Rohan is involved in many cancer-related health services research and evaluation projects, with a particular focus on patient navigation/community health workers and the psychosocial concerns of cancer survivors.
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Webinar ID: 558 484 412