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Psychosocial Support Services/Assessment

Steve Pittman sees overlap in the roles of the oncology navigator and the social worker in providing psychosocial support. He believes one of the most important jobs for either oncology team member is to simply listen to the patient.
The social worker is critical in providing psychosocial care to patients with cancer, and Steve Pittman feels they should leverage their training to guide patients in a positive direction to address their mental health.
Steve Pittman questions the availability of psychosocial support services, stating that, unfortunately, they can be difficult to obtain.
Steve Pittman stresses the importance of conducting distress screenings to help healthcare providers determine if any psychological factors are exacerbating the physical illness.
Steve Pittman encourages oncology navigators to lead the conversation around psychosocial support for patients with mental illness.
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