for Cancer Education (AACE) could play an important role. AACE is a multidisciplinary group that has included survivorship education in its annual meeting (AACE, 2005).

Limited support is available through public and private sources for survivorship-related education and training.

Recommendation 7: The National Cancer Institute (NCI), professional associations, and voluntary organizations should expand and coordinate their efforts to provide educational opportunities to health care providers to equip them to address the health care and quality of life issues facing cancer survivors.

Immediate steps to facilitate the development of programs include:

  • Establish a clearinghouse of available sources of survivorship education and training (and guidelines), with opportunity for feedback.

  • Appoint an interdisciplinary consortium to review available resources, identify promising approaches, develop new programs, and promote cost-effective approaches.

  • Increase support of model formal training programs (undergraduate and graduate levels, continuing medical education) that could be adopted by others.

By specialty:

Physicians

  1. Add more survivorship-related CME:

    • The American Board of Medical Specialties’ new program, “Maintenance of Certification,” will require continuous assurance of professional skills for board-certified physicians. The development of a module on cancer survivorship as part of this program could facilitate the assurance of competence for these and other specialty providers.

  1. Improve online survivorship information aimed at health care providers:

    • Expand PDQ to include more information on survivorship care.

    • Centralize survivorship guidelines online.

    • Encourage the development and adoption of evidence-based guidelines.

    • Ease finding survivorship-related guidelines included in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) sponsored guideline clearinghouse (e.g., add the term “survivorship” to the search engine to pick up surveillance guidelines for cancer).



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