Patient-centered Care & Communication


Patient-centeredness is recognized as a critical indicator of high-quality health care delivery. Although several definitions of patient-centeredness have been proposed in the literature, two attributes are considered central to the delivery of patient-centered care: being responsive to patient needs and incorporating the patient's perspective and experiences in care planning and decision-making.

The Outcomes Research Branch (ORB) facilitates research aimed at improving methods for assessing, monitoring, and improving patient-centered care across the cancer continuum. A specific priority is research on patient-centered communication between cancer patients/survivors, their family members, and health care delivery teams.

ORB supported the development of a monograph that conceptualizes and discusses patient-centered communication in detail. The full monograph can be viewed using the link below.