LAUNCHED IN 2021, MY WELLNESS CHECK IS A PERSONALIZED CARE PROGRAM developed by Frank J. Penedo, Ph.D. and his Survivorship and Translational Behavioral Sciences team that uses the patient portal to assess symptoms and psychosocial needs to address survivors’ physical, emotional, and practical needs.
My Wellness Check alerts clinicians about escalating symptoms, from depression and fatigue to barriers to care and nutritional needs, that if not addressed early on could greatly impact quality of life (QOL) or a patient's ability to continue treatment.
“My Wellness Check is an innovative approach to incorporate the patient’s voice into cancer care,” said Patricia I. Moreno, Ph.D., lead of Evidence- Based Survivorship Supportive Care at Sylvester. “The science supports these types of routine assessments in cancer care. And Sylvester is the first center in the country to have implemented this kind of assessment in Spanish and English."
These routine assessments, which take patients only minutes to complete, go immediately into their health records, resulting in better informed and more productive visits with their providers.
My Wellness Check is opening the door to other QOL innovations, including a five-year grant funded by the National Cancer Institute to study the impact of My Wellness Check on Hispanics and Latinos who have metastatic cancer, by ensuring that they receive optimal care and are connected early to services like palliative medicine.