Objective Psychosocial risk screening is an important initial step in delivering evidence-based care. This qualitative descriptive study identified how multidisciplinary pediatric oncology health-care providers perceive psychosocial risk screening to identify factors in uptake and implementation.
Methods A script guided digitally recorded (transcribed) interviews regarding psychosocial screening and challenges to facilitators of screening. Participants were 15 multidisciplinary staff (physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, physician assistant) at nine sites, three using the Psychosocial Assessment Tool© for research and six for clinical care. Constant comparative analysis was used to analyze the independently coded interviews.
Results Thematic content analysis identified an overarching theme – Screening is important because it facilitates clinical care – and four subthemes: Optimizing Psychosocial Care, Implementing Screening, Engaging Families, and Utilizing Clinical Pathways.
Conclusions Findings support the importance of integrating psychosocial risk screening into clinical care and offer strategies for implementation of screening across a range of settings.