CancerCare Manitoba
 
 
 
COMPASS

 

What is COMPASS?

As healthcare professionals, we want to hear about the issues and symptoms you are having, and about the things that might be making life difficult for you at this time. The Comprehensive Problem and Symptom Screening (COMPASS) questionnaire is one of the best ways for us to learn about the symptoms and concerns that patients are experiencing. Patients will be asked to complete this short questionnaire at most cancer clinic visits.

After you complete the COMPASS questionnaire, your nurse will talk to you about your responses. We encourage our patients to start the conversation. If there is something that your health care team hasn't asked you about but you would like to know about, please let them know. Many people with cancer experience symptoms such as tiredness or pain, and feelings of sadness or fear. Your healthcare team cares about you and we want to hear about whatever concerns you are having. This will help us give you the care and support you need.


Why is it important?

The information you provide using COMPASS or while in conversation with your nurse/physician can help us in many ways. Here are just a few examples of the influence this information can have:

  • To provide appropriate care to address what matters most to you
  • To better understand the patient perspective and common issues patients face
  • To identify areas of high burden or poor support
  • To drive important quality improvements initiatives to improve the cancer experience
  • To include the patient voice in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of our patient-centred initiatives
  • To enhance the knowledge and skills of healthcare providers to respond to patient-reported symptoms and concerns
  • To enhance patient knowledge and self-management skills