Society of Gynecologic Oncology Publications
- In December 2018, the Policy, Quality, and Outcomes Taskforce of the SGO convened a daylong seminar including experts in the field of PROs to further SGO's vision of integrating PROMs into routine clinical practice as a component of patient-centric care. Recognizing our role in managing cancer patients across the entire continuum of surgical and medical care, we believe gynecologic oncologists are uniquely positioned to make important contributions to this field and influence the delivery of care in the wider discipline of oncology.
- Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) has been increasingly recognized as a critical metric to ensure delivery of high quality, patient-centered cancer care. HRQoL can be measured in several ways, but often involves collecting patient reported outcomes (PROs). PROs collected on validated questionnaires are known as patient reported outcome measures (PROMs).
- The total cost of cancer care in the United States continues to rise and is estimated to range from 172 to 206 billion dollars per year by 2020 . This has important implications for our healthcare system's sustainability as well as for cancer patients who are at increased risk for experiencing significant financial strain due to out-of-pocket costs [1–3]. The National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine) endorses efforts to “improve the affordability of cancer care by leveraging existing efforts to reform payment and eliminate waste” .
- The practice of gynecologic oncology is facing significant changes in reimbursement practices and health care delivery in the United States. As the only physicians trained to provide both complex surgical and medical treatment for women with gynecologic cancers, gynecologic oncologists are the ideal leaders for developing best practice models and outcome measures for women with gynecologic cancers. The Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) created the Health Policy and SocioEconomic Committee (HPSC) in 2015 to spearhead society-based efforts to ensure leadership and participation in navigating this era of health care reform.