Cancer Care, Ensuring Quality

The American Academy of Family Physicians endorses Recommendation No. 4 of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on Ensuring Quality Cancer Care addressing the elements of quality care.

Recommendation No. 4 of the Institute of Medicine report reads as follows:

Ensure the following elements of quality care for each individual with cancer:

  • That recommendations about initial cancer management, which are critical in determining long-term outcome, are made by experienced professionals;
  • An agreed-upon care plan that outlines goals of care;
  • Access to the full complement of resources necessary to implement the care plan;
  • Access to high-quality clinical trials;
  • Policies to ensure full disclosure of information about appropriate treatment options;
  • A mechanism to coordinate services; and
  • Psychosocial support services and compassionate care.

(March Board 2001) (2007)