Advancing a Quality of Life Agenda: Innovation, Ingenuity & Advocacy. Palliative Care and QOL Activities Engagement Rebecca Kirch, Director, Quality of Life & Survivorship Comp Cancer Coalitions Leader Summit – Atlanta 2012. “ What is important to you?”.
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Advancing a Quality of Life Agenda:
Innovation, Ingenuity & Advocacy
Palliative Care and QOL Activities Engagement
Rebecca Kirch, Director, Quality of Life & Survivorship
Comp Cancer Coalitions Leader Summit – Atlanta 2012
“What is important to you?”
Q: After diagnosis and before starting treatment, did anyone on care team ask what is important to you in terms of your QOL?
2010 ACS CAN National Poll on Facing Cancer in the Health Care System (www.acscan.org)
Palliative Care Hits the High Notes
Better health. Better care. Lower cost.
Definition developed through consumer research by Public Opinion Strategies in 2011.
“I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I’d rather achieve it by not dying.” -- Woody Allen
“Give us the words to use to get the care we need”
Key Finding: People can understand and want palliative care if we use their words.
Data from CAPC/ACS Public Opinion Strategies national survey of 800 adults age 18+ conducted June 2011. www.capc.org
What can I do?
Help everyone get in the QOL groove…
What can we do? Help health professionals know and use the right words…
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
-- Helen Keller, Optimism