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Research in Support of Oncology Social Work

  • Institute of Medicine (IOM). Cancer care for the whole patient: Meeting psychosocial health needs. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press; 2008.
  • Deshields T, Zebrack B, Kennedy V. The state of psychosocial services in cancer care in the United States. Psycho-Oncology. 2013;22(3):699-703.
  • Christ GH, Messner C, Behar L. Preface. In: Christ GH, Messner C, Behar L, eds. Handbook of Oncology Social Work. New York: Oxford University Press; 2015:xix-xxii.
  • Coluzzi PH, Grant M, Doroshow JH, Rhiner M, Ferrell B, Rivera L. Survey of the Provision of Supportive Care Services at National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Centers. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 1995;13(3):756-764
Evidence of the positive effects of psychosocial care for cancer patients and their families in terms of enhanced patients outcomes,2-7 medical cost-offsets,8,9 and even survival.10
  1. Faller H, Schuler M, Richard M, Heckl U, Weis J, Kuffner R. Effects of psycho-oncologic interventions on emotional distress and quality of life in adult patients with cancer: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2013;31(6):782-793.
  2. Meyer TJ, Mark MM. Effects of psychosocial interventions with adult cancer patients: a meta-analysis of randomized experiments. Health Psychology. 1995;14(101).
  3. Graves K. Social cognitive theory and cancer patients' quality of life: A meta-analysis of psychosocial intervention components.Health Psychology. 2003;22:210-219.
  4. McQuellon RP, Danhauer SC. Psychosocial Rehabilitation in Cancer Care. In: Chang AE, Ganz PA, Hayes DF, et al., eds.Oncology. New York: Springer; 2006:1942-1954. 
  5. Schneider S, Moyer A, Knapp-Oliver S, Sohl S, Cannella D, Targhetta V. Pre-intervention distress moderates the efficacy of psychosocial treatment for cancer patients: a meta-analysis. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 2010;33:1-14. 
  6. Cwikel J, Behar L, Rabson-Hare J. A comparison of a vote count and a meta-analysis review of intervention research with adult cancer patients. Research on Social Work Practice. 2000;10:139-158. 
  7. Carlson LE, Bultz BD. Efficacy and medical cost offset of psychosocial interventions in cancer care: Making the case for economic analyses. Psycho-Oncology. 2004;13:837-849. 
  8. Carlson LE, Bultz BD. Benefits of psychosocial oncology care: Improved quality of life and medical cost offset. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 2003;1:8. 
  9. Fu WW, Popovic M, Agarwal A, et al. The impact of psychosocial intervention on survival in cancer: a meta-analysis. Annals of Palliative Medicine. 2016;5(2):93-106. 
 Also, our AOSW Project to Assure Quality Cancer Care (APAQCC) paper, in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Center, demonstrated 18-19 percent reductions in Emergency Department use and hospitalization rates for cancer programs demonstrating adherence to their distress screening protocols (a SW activity), that included not just the screening but also appropriate response when clinically indicated.
Zebrack, B, Kayser, K, Bybee, D., Padgett, L, Sundstrom, L, Jobin, C, & Oktay, J. (2017). Distress screening adherence and medical service utilization, Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Institute;15(7): 903-912. Link: