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May 21, 2020

Value of Oncology Pharmacists in the Oncology Health Care Workforce—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 2Oncology Nursing Society, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 3Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Oncol. 2020;6(7):1121. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.1291

In Reply We appreciate the thoughts of Ignoffo and Knapp regarding our Viewpoint on overcoming oncology workforce capacity limitations in the US.1 We agree that nurse practitioners and physician assistants have played significant roles in oncology practices for many years. Our intention was to emphasize their critical role and encourage the concept of both increasing their number and their integration into cancer practices as well as stressing the importance of a practice environment with sufficient supporting personnel to allow both them and physicians to practice at the top of their license, something we know is not always the case. There are a number of models of collaborative practice that can accomplish this.2

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