Improving Mental Health Care for People with Cancer

This video explains how the Provider Education for Mental Health Care of Cancer Survivors simulation can help you discuss mental health concerns with your patients.

As many as three out of every four people with cancer experience symptoms of psychological distress or cognitive concerns, which can negatively affect their overall well-being and health outcomes. Distress screening is recommended for cancer patients in all clinical settings, and is required in American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (AcoS)-accredited facilities. Unfortunately, one-third or fewer cancer patients have talked to their doctor about their psychosocial needs and concerns, and fewer receive treatment for distress.

The Provider Education for Mental Health Care of Cancer Survivors (EMHCCS) Training was created to support health care providers, improve knowledge about cancer patients’ mental health care, and promote recommended distress screening. Read the course summary.

During this free, web-based interactive training, providers can engage in role-play conversations with simulated cancer survivors to try different approaches to discussing mental health concerns identified through distress screening, and make appropriate referrals when indicated. This training also allows providers to get personalized feedback and gain the confidence and skills to lead similar conversations in real life. During the training, providers can complete learning tasks related to distress screening, patient-reported stressors, patient concerns, and referral options.

This project was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s Office of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support) through cooperative agreement number 5NU38OT000225-05 with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors.


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