About the Project: Distress Management Project
Improving Patient Outcomes: A pan-Canadian knowledge translation strategy to advance oncology distress management is a multi-year intervention funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC).
Although evidence-based interventions exist for patients experiencing cancer-related distress, too often patients do not receive these interventions. A number of pan-Canadian initiatives have been undertaken to improve the situation, including the development of several clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) to guide oncology health care professionals (HCPs) in distress management.
The Therapeutic Practices Distress Management Project implements and evaluates a programmatic knowledge translation (KT) intervention – at five Canadian centres. The goal of the intervention is to improve the capacity of health care systems to embed evidence-based responses as outlined by CPGs for four common distress symptoms (fatigue, pain, anxiety and depression) into standard cancer care.