Examining Access to Nutrition Care in Outpatient Cancer Centers: Proceedings of a Workshop


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An estimated 90 percent of oncology patients in the United States receive treatment in outpatient cancer centers and clinics. This change from the older model of inpatient care has important implications for access to nutritional care as well as overall quality of care for oncology patients and nutritional care in particular. Amidst growing concern about access to nutrition services in the outpatient setting, combined with growing recognition of the importance of providing nutritional care to optimize oncology treatment outcomes and maximize quality of life among both patients and survivors of cancer, an ad hoc planning committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board convened a 1-day public workshop titled “Examining Access to Nutrition Care in Outpatient Cancer Centers,” to explore evolving interactions between nutritional care, cancer, and health outcomes.