Models of Care

At the University of Arkansas Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, a participatory model of care has improved patient outcomes and may lower the cost of treatment. This patient-partnered model allows patients to participate in treatment decisions, including location of care (in- or outpatient, when applicable), and to self-administer intravenous and subcutaneous medications. In addition, caregivers are significantly involved, and an emphasis is placed on outpatient therapy, patient education, and patient networking.

At the University of Arkansas Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, a participatory model of care has improved patient outcomes and may lower the cost of treatment. This patient-partnered model allows patients to participate in treatment decisions, including location of care (in- or outpatient, when applicable), and to self-administer intravenous and subcutaneous medications. In addition, caregivers are significantly involved, and an emphasis is placed on outpatient therapy, patient education, and patient networking.

The future of cancer care is about to confront the laws of supply and demand—and the outcome remains uncertain. Although cancer incidence rates have fallen modestly over the past 15 years, the absolute number of people diagnosed with invasive cancer has continued to increase, owing largely to a growing population and its aging demographic.


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