Since 2016, Mt. Sinai has used Cancer Support Source to screen patients for depression and anxiety, as well as understand the needs of its patients as part of the continuum of care that this leader in cancer treatment provides. Cancer Support Source is used across a number of locations throughout New York City and is integrated into the system's EMR technology in order to ensure access to information and seamless scheduling, reporting, and alerts to professionals that follow up with patients on referrals. 

Mt. Sinai leaders have presented their findings on distressed screening and its efficacy with Patient Planning Services at industry conferences, such as Planetree.


"Now with work flow systems in place and the distress screen as part of that work flow, patients are identified quickly and can be referred to other support services automatically if needed. Patients take the screen and are then seen  by the appropriate staff person based on their triggers and scores in the screen as well as what they themselves identify they need help with. Social Work Clinicians use the distress screening tool (with its resource referral capabilities) to help establish baselines for their clients and monitor their progress over time. The patient has access to a resource report that can be emailed to them or printed out. The tool has been translated into several languages which has allowed social work staff to engage and identify needs of non-English speakers and receive the analytics and reporting back in English."

Alison Snow, Ph.D,, LCSW-R , Director Cancer Supportive Services Mount Sinai Downtown Cancer Services, NY