Core-curriculum in psycho-oncology: Towards the certification of the psycho-oncologist profession

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Grassi, Luigi and Watson, Maggie. 2024. "Core-curriculum in psycho-oncology: Towards the certification of the psycho-oncologist profession." Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer. 33 (1). https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.6285
Article Title

Core-curriculum in psycho-oncology: Towards the certification of the psycho-oncologist profession

ERA Journal ID6624
Article CategoryEditorial
AuthorsGrassi, Luigi and Watson, Maggie
Journal TitlePsycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer
Journal Citation33 (1)
Article Numbere6285
Number of Pages11
Year2024
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
ISSN1057-9249
1099-1611
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.6285
Web Address (URL)https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pon.6285
Abstract

Background
Issues relating to certification of the Psycho-oncology profession require clarification in order to provide high quality comprehensive psychosocial care within oncology. We conducted a survey identifying existing training, professional registration requirements and accreditation programs, at national levels, for the specialty of psycho-oncology as well as the mandatory presence of this specialist in cancer teams.

Methods
This survey was conducted within the International Psycho-Oncology Society Federation of psycho-oncology societies and included representatives of each national federated society and some countries not belonging to the Federation. Survey questions were emailed requesting specific details, from the registered contact person, for each country, about psycho-oncology training, professional registration and accreditation.

Results
Of 43 countries contacted (34 Federated and 9 non-federated members), 39 replied and answered the questionnaire (90%). Disparities were reported between countries, with details indicating differences from having no national program, to quite detailed and legally accredited requirements. The majority of countries had no formally recognized profession of “Psycho-oncologist,” while some countries reported that it is mandatory (or recommended to have) a specialist in psycho-oncology in cancer centers and, thus, that an accredited, nationally recognized and certified training in this specialty exists.

Conclusions
The study underlines the need to create a curriculum for the specialty (certification and accreditation) for the profession of psycho-oncology. Given the lack of internationally recognized core standards, ideas and proposals for minimum standards of good care and the training required to deliver this, are explored to clarify who may use the designation “Clinical Psycho-oncologist.”

Keywordsaccreditation
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ANZSRC Field of Research 20205299. Other psychology
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Ferrara, Italy
University College London, United Kingdom
Genetics and Epidemiology, Institute of Cancer Research, United Kingdom
Research and Innovation Division
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