ASCO Shines Light on Palliative Care: New Online Program Will Translate Latest Research into Practice

March 2013, Vol 4, No 3 - Value Propositions

ASCO and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) have announced the launch of a new collaboration to promote the delivery of high-quality palliative care for patients with advanced cancer. The 3-year project will focus on the complex needs of patients with advanced cancer that involve relieving cancer-related symptoms for this patient population. The initiative will create a web-based platform to disseminate evidence-based palliative care approaches in oncology. The platform will include customized learning modules, social networking capabilities, and a toolbox with evidence-based resources to help providers translate the latest research findings into clinical practice.

“We recognize that palliative care is an essential component of care for patients with cancer. This partnership will help get the latest palliative care evidence directly into the hands of oncologists so that palliative care can be provided as early as possible,” said Sandra M. Swain, MD, FACP, ASCO President. “Never before has technology been leveraged to quickly spread practice-changing research and to connect oncologists, allowing them to share best practices in palliative care.” ASCO in Action; March 6, 2013