Quality of Life & Person-Centered Care Task Force
The mission of the Quality of Life and Person-Centered Care Task Force is to advance person-centered care provided by healthcare professionals to enhance the quality of life and function of those living with and beyond cancer.
The task force is an interdisciplinary team that focuses on advancing person-centered practices, policies and evidence to improve quality of life and care experiences for cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers. Through educational initiatives and publications, providers will understand and enhance skills in communication, symptom management and addressing functional impairments. Our task force seeks to expand awareness of rehabilitation and person-centered care principles as an integral part of high-quality oncology practice.
Contact the task force co-chairs to learn more about the work of this task force and ways to contribute.
Rebecca A. Kirch, JD
Executive Vice President, Healthcare Quality and Value
National Patient Advocate Foundation
Anne Fleischer, PhD, MPH, OT/L, CLT-LANA
Associate Professor, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Department
Eastern Kentucky University
CURRENT PROJECTS / OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE
- Develop a strategic plan to improve the quality of life and care experience of those who have or had cancer diagnosis and their caregivers and support systems
- Offer tools to cancer rehabilitation providers to enhance the care experience of those receiving cancer rehabilitation
- Disseminate evidence on how cancer rehabilitation outcomes can be improved
- Publish education pages for providers and patients
SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF 2019
- Provided two symposiums at the ACRM Annual Conference in Chicago:
- Strategies to include when interacting with individuals from various cultures
- Integrating Person-Centered Care in Practice: Building better bridges to improved outcomes and quality of life