Provider Education Training to Improve Mental Health Care of Cancer Survivors
As many as three out of every four cancer survivors 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 survivors have talked to their doctor about their psychosocial needs and concerns, and fewer survivors receive treatment for distress.
The Provider Education for Mental Health Care of Cancer Survivors (EMHCCS) TrainingExternal was created to support health care providers, improve knowledge about cancer survivors’ mental health care, and promote recommended distress screening. 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.External
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.
As a part of this training, providers can access a resource bank, which contains the Patient-Provider Communication Video Series. This series features topics on—
- Post-treatment neurocognitive challenges.
- Adjusting to life after cancer treatment.
- Mental health stigma and culturally appropriate conversations.
- Care coordination.
- Distress screening, tools, and billing.
The training resource bank also includes information on—
- Distress management recommendations, guidelines, and standards.
- Billing and coverage for distress management.
- The National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center Tool Kit.
- Examples of common distress screening tools.
- Webinars featuring information on psychosocial concerns, cognitive function, and distress screening associated with surviving cancer.
This training has received CME accreditation. Providers can elect to receive CME credit for their participation, and certificates for participation are also available at the end of the course.