Wednesday, July 29 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm
18: Psychosocial Distress: Building a Research Agenda to Understand and Improve Clinical Outcomes (Half-Day Workshop, PM)

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Psychosocial Distress: Building a Research Agenda to Understand and Improve Clinical Outcomes 

Speakers: Lynne Padgett, PhD

Many unanswered questions challenge both research and care delivery in oncology related psychosocial distress. What are the most efficient assessments of distress? How does distress screening lead to improved clinical outcomes? What are current and future data harmonization efforts for measuring distress? What unique research opportunities exist due to the implementation of Commission on Cancer standards? How might these efforts improve clinical outcomes? Do successful models of assessment and care delivery translate across disease and symptom burden? 

This half-day collaborative workshop provides participants the opportunity to actively engage in the development of research priorities for measuring and implementing psychosocial distress screening. Experts from diverse fields including measurement and assessment, health informatics, integrative data analysis, health services research, primary care, and basic social sciences will provide brief presentations on how their field can inform efforts to advance the effectiveness of distress screening. These brief presentations will be interspersed with facilitated group discussions to highlight research opportunities and intersections to improve clinical outcomes. The goal of the workshop is for participants and presenters to contribute to the development of a blueprint for the next generation of research priorities and opportunities to build on.

Researchers, clinicians and evaluators of all disciplines who are interested in contributing to a designed to outline a comprehensive research agenda in the field of oncology-related psychosocial distress in the context of oncology and palliative care. Contributions from the fields of clinical research, health services research, dissemination and implementation, quality improvement, informatics, communication/decision-making, and research design (e.g., measurement and analysis) are encouraged to attend and contribute. The workshop is suitable for students and professionals at all career stages.

Learning Objectives

  1. The attendee shall be able to describe current research gaps in the field of psychosocial distress assessment and clinical application.
  2. The attendees will participate in cross-disciplinary discussions aimed at identifying research priorities in psychosocial distress.
  3. The attendee shall be able to identify at least 2 other fields that intersect with their research interests.
  4. The attendee shall be able to define the next steps to address research gaps and know how to participate in these efforts.

Wednesday July 29, 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Union Station Meeting Level 3

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