NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln’s Palliative Care Program was certified by the Joint Commission in 2012 and recertified in 2014 to 2018. The program has an outpatient clinic and works closely with both oncology outpatients and inpatients. The team consists of physicians, registered nurses, patient care assistants, volunteers, social workers and a Chaplain .
The palliative care team provides bereavement and support services and if necessary, they help patients and their families with a smooth transition to hospice care.
Our oncology social workers can help you:
- Identify counseling for you and your family
- Access support groups for patients and families
- Learn about community resources, such as: internal/external agencies concerning financial, legal, housing, and other essential social services home/hospice care, transportation, and durable medical equipment, based on needs
- Identify financial assistance for transportation to appointments, payments for medications, treatment and testing related to the cancer diagnosis.
- Attend the weekly Survivorship.
At Lincoln, we have patient navigators trained at the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute to identify patients who may have barriers to healthcare. Patient navigators are here to help patients address the various barriers to care that they may experience.
Over the past two decades, cancer mortality rates have declined in the United States as a result of improved rates of screening, reductions in cancer risk factors, and more effective cancer treatments. However, there remain significant disparities in cancer mortality by race and socioeconomic status. A number of factors contribute to these disparities, including social factors such as low socioeconomic status; access to and quality of medical care; differences in cancer risk factors; differences in rates of cancer screening; biological factors; and environmental factors.