By Anne Katz, PhD, RN, FAAN
Screening for distress is an essential part of providing comprehensive care for our patients—and many of us do this as a matter of course. However the literature suggests that distress screening is not done routinely and as a result, patients are not offered the help they need to get through active treatment and the aftermath in recovery and long term survival.
In tomorrow morning’s session, Linda Watson, RN, PhD, CON, will provide the audience with an overview of the complexity of the cancer experience for our patients and how this impacts on the need for personalized care. She will further highlight how nurses can incorporate screening for distress as part of routine nursing care and how this ultimately enhances our practice and the care we provide.
Using case studies and encouraging audience participation, Watson will show how screening for distress helps us to identify when patients are distressed, how to assess for this bothersome symptom, and how we can help patients manage their distress.
The Commission on Cancer requires screening for distress as an accreditation standard—so if you have not attended an educational session on this topic or need a refresher, this is one session you can’t miss.