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1.  Patient-reported Symptoms and Quality of Life Integrated into Clinical Cancer Care 
Seminars in oncology nursing  2011;27(3):203-210.
Objectives
To provide an overview of research and practice related to patient-reported symptom and quality of life assessment integrated into clinical care.
Data sources
Literature retrieved through the PUBMED and CINAHL databases.
Conclusion
Assessing and incorporating patient preferences, engaging the patient in self-report and extending the interaction to the place and time favored by the patient are necessary to bring meaning to the term, patient-centered. There is beginning evidence that these approaches can make a difference, improving care quality.
Implications for nursing practice
Oncology nurses no longer need to be constrained by paper symptom checklists. Patient-reported symptom and quality of life information can be electronically collected and simultaneously made available for home and clinical use through the utilization of Web-based programs.
doi:10.1016/j.soncn.2011.04.005
PMCID: PMC3143403  PMID: 21783011
cancer symptoms; quality of life; patient centered care; clinical informatics; patient reported outcomes

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