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Special Communication
From the American Head and Neck Society
December 2016

Living in a Patient-Centric Universe

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Head & Neck Oncology, New York Head & Neck Institute, Northwell Health Cancer Institute, New York, New York
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016;142(12):1231-1232. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2016.3168

Patients with head and neck cancer face a number of challenges in terms of treatment, cure of their underlying malignant condition, and quality of survivorship. This presentation will focus on the patient perception of both the quality of care and the empathy and availability of the head and neck oncology team. It has become evident that the quality of survivorship plays a central role in the patient’s decision-making process. The process of decision making by the patient facing head and neck cancer and the impact on treatment choices will be explored. The ability of the patient and her or his support system to navigate through the increasingly complicated health care system will be considered, with an emphasis on strategies for success. Finally, the role of the of the head and neck surgeon, and the need for physician wellness in predicating successful patient outcomes will be considered. The ultimate goal of achieving optimal care, superior patient outcomes, and patient satisfaction is the true objective of the concept of living in a patient-centric universe.

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