Despite evidence that up to 35 of patients with cancer experience significant distress, access to effective psychosocial care is limited by lack of systematic approaches to assessment, a paucity of psychosocial services, and patient reluctance to accept treatment either because of perceived stigma or difficulties with access to specialist psycho-oncology services due to isolation or disease burden. This paper presents an overview of a randomised study to evaluate the effectiveness of a brief tailored psychosocial Intervention delivered by health professionals in cancer care who undergo focused training and participate in clinical supervision.
Turner, J., Kelly, B., Clarke, D., Yates, P., Aranda, S., Jolley, D., Chambers, S., Hargraves, M., & McFadyen, L. (2011). A randomised trial of a psychosocial intervention for cancer patients integrated into routine care: The PROMPT study (promoting optimal outcomes in mood through tailored psychosocial therapies). BMC Cancer, 11(Art. No: 48), 1 - 9. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2407-11-48