American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Standard 2.17: Educational Resources

Culturally appropriate educational resources are available for patients along with a process to provide them. The materials provided are reviewed on an annual basis and adjusted for the patient population.

Definition and Requirements

Centers provide patients with educational information covering evaluation and management of breast diseases.

Centers with culturally diverse populations must provide educational resources in languages commonly spoken in the community.

Centers are required to provide information and resources to women who are diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer.

Centers are required to provide information about fertility options for women of childbearing age who are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Process Requirements

Educational resources are reviewed and revised on an annual basis and adjusted based on the patient population.

Educational materials can be provided in print, online, or as audiovisual aides and can be given directly to the patient or made available in a patient education library at the center.

Documentation

Complete all required standard fields in the Survey Application Record (SAR).

Describe the processes for providing educational resources to patients.

Provide samples of required educational materials.

Evaluation

The surveyor will review samples of educational resources and the process to provide the resources to patients during the site visit.

Rating Compliance

Compliance

  1. Culturally appropriate educational resources are available for patients along with a process to provide them.
  2. Educational resources/materials are provided to women diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer.
  3. Educational resources/materials on fertility options are provided to women of childbearing age who are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Noncompliance

The center does not fulfill one or more of the compliance criteria.

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