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Patient-Reported Outcomes (PROs) Improve Cancer Treatment -- Experts Agree
Date:3/24/2008

MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- An information technology revolution is improving cancer treatment with the use of Patient-Reported Outcomes (PROs), according to Supportive Oncology Services, Inc. (SOS), a research-based health information company in Memphis, TN. PROs are self- assessments that measure any aspect relating to health status that come directly from the patient without any interpretation by the healthcare team. With its Patient Assessment, Care, and Education System(TM) (PACE), Supportive Oncology Services helped pioneer the efficient use of PROs in the community oncology setting where more than 85% of all cancer patients are treated. This information technology, which has been used by over 100 cancer practices throughout the United States since 2001, enables patients to complete a comprehensive physical and psycho-social assessment before each physician visit.

According to SOS Chief Medical Officer, Kurt W. Tauer, MD, "Effective cancer care requires treating more than the tumor; it necessitates taking care of the whole patient, addressing dozens of physical symptoms as well as psychological and social needs that accompany a cancer diagnosis. From dealing with the prospects of a potential death sentence to handling home healthcare needs, cancer patients and their families can quickly become overwhelmed with all that faces them. PROs delivered via the PACE System(TM) help physicians alleviate areas of patient discomfort or distress, thus improving quality of life."

The validity of PROs, especially as delivered by the PACE System(TM), continues to receive increasing prominence. Cancer Care for the Whole Patient, recently published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), discusses the PACE System(TM) and its role in patient care, particularly as it pertains to quality of life issues.

"The PACE System(TM) was designed to secure scientifically valid, statistically tested PROs for the purpose of improving survival-related pati
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