New Survey of Advanced Practice Providers in Oncology Launched

February 24, 2017

To better understand the contributions of advanced practice providers (APPs) working in oncology, ASCO is partnering with four other healthcare provider organizations to conduct a survey that will examine the specific roles and responsibilities of APPs within the cancer care delivery team. Launched this week, the survey is being conducted simultaneously by ASCO, the Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology (APSHO), the American Academy of PAs (AAPA), the Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology (APAO), and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS).

APPs, including nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs), play important—and growing— roles in the delivery of cancer care in the United States, and oncology practices are increasingly rely on APPs. In the 2015 ASCO Oncology Census, nearly three-quarters of surveyed practices reported employing APPs, up substantially from the 52 percent reported in the 2014 Census. However, little research has been conducted to more clearly define the size or scope of the advanced practice provider workforce in oncology.

The survey will:

  • Provide critical information on how NPs and PAs care for cancer patients.
  • Assess how APPs can help address a potential shortage of physicians in oncology.
  • Identify current paths of formal and informal specialized training of NPs and PAs in cancer care.
  • Measure APP satisfaction with the organization of oncology practices.

The results of the survey will provide ASCO with critical insight and data to better understand the role and identify the needs of APPs in oncology.

If you are contacted to participate, you will receive the survey via postal mail or an email from ASCO urges members to complete the survey and return it as instructed by March 29. The survey should take 20 minutes or less to complete. 

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