Psycho-oncological support has become increasingly recognised and used as part of breast cancer care services in recent years. According to a recent review of EU and EFTA member states’ national/regional cancer plans and certification schemes, the need for psycho-oncological services is widely recognised. However the concrete allocation of resources and personnel to provide these services has not been specifically addressed in most of them.
Scientists reviewed 25 national and 4 regional cancer plans/strategies among 32 researched countries. They found that while 28 recognise the need for organised psycho-oncological support only 10 have actually identified the criteria for good psychosocial care, including the resources required or educational needs.
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