Reliable sources of clinical information for patients

MedlinePlus (http://www.MedlinePlus.gov)

A comprehensive patient friendly resource for up-to-date clinical information.

  • Curated and kept up to date by the National Library of Medicine.
  • Site can be provided to patients directly to reduce “Dr. Google” consultations.
  • Can also be used as a resource for handouts to print for patients.

Shared decision-making tools

Lung Cancer Screening – Should I Get Screened? (https://shouldiscreen.com/English/home)

  • Lung cancer screening decision aid – provides information to assist a patient in making a decision jointly with their physician about whether to screen for lung cancer.
  • This can be a complex decision and decision quality is improved with use of a decision aid.
  • If given prior to a visit to discuss lung cancer screening, can save physician time by pre-educating the patient.
  • A Shared Decision-Making visit is required by Medicare for coverage of lung cancer screening. (https://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/view/ncacal-decision-memo.aspx?proposed=N&NCAId=274 )
  • Allows for documentation and includes educational material for this requirement.
  • Alternative decision aid - https://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/lung-cancer-screening-decision-aid.pdf

Organizations that support patients

Carol’s Wish (Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance) (https://www.colo-ovariancancer.org/programs/financialassistance/carols-wish-financial-navigation/carols-wish-financial-navigation.html)

  • Program for women newly diagnosed with gynecologic cancer.
  • Proactive and comprehensive financial counseling which includes review of insurance coverage for anticipated services, coordination of benefits review with current or alternative coverage, connecting to community resources and more.
  • Return on investment has been about 10:1.
  • All benefit accrues to patients.
  • Patients are not charged (Donation driven not-for-profit organization).
  • Works best with early referral.

FindHelp.org (www.findhelp.org)

  • One stop shopping for multiple community services for everything from food, transportation and housing to health care, home care and employment

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