Providers are Presenting Effectiveness Data at the 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting
CHICAGO — The Chicago-based Coleman Foundation launched the Coleman Supportive Oncology Collaborative (CSOC) in 2015 to improve supportive care for patients with cancer by building expertise and capacity among health care providers and allied professionals. Among CSOC quality improvement work to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), May 31 – June 4, are the results of a collaboratively developed screening questionnaire that lets professionals capture a holistic view of a patient’s concerns and unmet needs, with the aim of connecting them to appropriate care.
“For people being treated for cancer, supportive care is a comprehensive approach that helps an interdisciplinary team of health care providers fulfill the needs of patients and their caregivers in the areas of mental and emotional health, coping and practical concerns, nutrition, pain and fatigue management, and future planning,” explained Michael Hennessy, president of the Coleman Foundation. “Patients who receive holistic care do better. The CSOC brought together more than 135 professionals across many types of institutions to create tools and practice models to make this type of care available to everyone. Supportive Oncology goes beyond traditional case management in the proactive, effective inclusion of services from a collaboration of multiple, high-quality community providers.”
Supportive Oncology Improves Quality of Care and Quality of Life
The Supportive Oncology Collaborative improves quality of the care process and quality of life for cancer patients by improving clinicians’ abilities to:
- Address patient’s concerns that affect their day-to-day life and potentially their treatment compliance
- Better communicate diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plans with patients
- Manage side-effects improving patient quality of life
- Assist patients with medical care decisions of what they want or do not want
CSOC Research presented at ASCO 2019
The Coleman Supportive Oncology Collaborative is presenting two posters at the 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting.
Correlates of Distress for Cancer Patients: Results from Multi-Institution Use of Holistic Patient-Reported Screening Tool
Monday, June 3, 1:15 PM to 4:15 PM, Hall A
Patients often have high distress levels and other concerns simultaneously. Holistic screening can help capture specific areas of supportive need and allow for more targeted referrals to address concerns and distress.
Multi-institution quality improvement in supportive oncology: results of the Coleman Supportive Oncology Collaborative
Saturday, June 1, 1:15 PM to 4:15 PM, Hall A
Screening for distress and patient needs and concerns results in an increase in patient referrals and care specific to those needs and concerns.
Another member institution is representing work of the Coleman Supportive Oncology Collaborative. Loyola Medicine is presenting a poster:
Screening for Cancer-Related Distress among Women with Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer.
Sunday, June 2, 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Hall A
Breast cancer patients at diagnosis have high levels of both mental and physical distress. Screening for distress at time of, or near diagnosis may allow for better management of distress throughout the continuum of their care.
Noticeable Impact Leads to Rapid Adoption Across Cancer Care Sites
In only its first few years, the Coleman Supportive Oncology Collaborative has achieved improvements in patient care that are so promising that participating hospitals and medical centers have committed new staff positions to expand services to more patients. The Coleman Foundation approved total funding of $3.3 million to support the work and expand to more institutions.
“As expected, a cancer diagnosis triggers anxiety, depression, and distress for patients and their families,” added Hennessy. “Quality care requires treating the whole patient, not just their cancer—and members of the Supportive Oncology Collaborative are making important strides in improving care by bringing in additional providers and services that patients and their caregivers need.”
Eager to fill the void between national guidelines and evidence-based practices, in 2015 the Coleman Foundation convened 135 physicians and medical professionals from 29 institutions to work together. Participants in the Collaborative represent large and small academic, community, and safety net hospitals, cancer support centers, palliative and hospice organizations, and patient advocacy groups. Team members created models for supportive oncology care, collecting data, and leveraging institutional change. Teams created screening tools, professional training, and practice models and tested them across a wide range of institutions and populations.
“Equity requires a reduction in the variability of care regardless of where the cancer is treated,” said CSOC facilitator Christine Weldon, Adjunct Instructor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Managing Director, Center for Business Models in Healthcare. “It’s imperative to follow evidence-based guidelines for treating the patient’s entire set of needs. The CSOC screening tools, follow up documents, patient handouts, and practice models are being implemented across the region and in more than 50 institutions across the US, and patients are benefiting.”
CSOC Member Institutions
Members of the Collaborative have included medical professionals from the following organizations:
Advocate Health Care, Cadence Health Care System, Cancer Wellness Center, Cancer Support Center, Community Cancer Center, Gilda’s Club of Chicago, Home of Hope, Hult Center for Healthy Living, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, JourneyCare, LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, Loyola University Medical Center, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Methodist Medical Center of Illinois/UnityPoint, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Northwestern Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, Sinai Health System, Swedish Covenant Hospital, University of Chicago Medicine, University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, Wellness House. Advisory Team support includes representatives from the American Cancer Society, American Society of Clinical Oncologists, Aurora Health, City of Hope, Healing Pathways, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Livestrong Foundation.
About The Coleman Foundation
The Coleman Foundation is funding concurrent Chicago-area cancer care initiatives that include a Supportive Oncology Collaborative for Children with Cancer and the Coleman Palliative Medicine Training Program, a collaborative program training 200 professionals across 35 local institutions to address the shortage of medical providers trained in palliative medicine. The Coleman Foundation, which was established in 1951 by the original owners of Fannie May Candies, also supports programs for people with developmental disabilities and entrepreneurship education programs.