Rapid advances in cancer research, new technological innovations, the expanding clinical evidence base, and changing demographics are all transforming the landscape of cancer care. As the US population ages, more people are being diagnosed with cancer, but the mortality rate is declining and thus the population of long-term cancer survivors is growing. Advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment, including the growth in precision oncology therapies, have improved outcomes for patients with cancer, but have also increased the complexity of cancer care. Reflecting this complexity, the delivery of high-quality care is dependent on effective teamwork, transparency, and collaboration among health care professionals, patients, and their families.
Given these trends, there is a need to ensure the availability of an effective and well-coordinated oncology careforce that can provide high-quality care to people diagnosed with cancer. The oncology careforce includes the spectrum of health care professionals taking care of patients with cancer (e.g., physicians, nurses, and other clinicians), as well as home care workers, volunteers, and family caregivers.
This National Cancer Policy Forum workshop will provide a venue for the cancer community to examine the impact of evolving trends in cancer incidence and care on the oncology careforce. A primary goal of the workshop is to consider opportunities to enhance the delivery of high-quality patient care by improving the development and support of the oncology careforce. The workshop will feature invited presentations and panel discussions on topics that may include:
- Factors in the oncology care setting that contribute to inefficiencies, clinician burnout, and reduced quality of care, as well as potential systems interventions to address these issues.
- Approaches to stratify and optimize care across the cancer care continuum.
- The impact of new payment models.
- Strategies to improve the recruitment, training, mentorship, and retention of oncology care professionals.
- Approaches to enhance cancer care competencies across the spectrum of non-oncology care providers, from physicians and advanced practice nurses to family caregivers.
- Opportunities for collaboration and information-sharing among health care providers and across clinical specialties to identify best practices for careforce coordination and utilization.
The National Cancer Policy Forum is collaborating with the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education to conduct this workshop.