Rash’s paper outlines the value of including APPs in gynecologic oncology practice, as well as other clinical care settings:
“The primary reasons institutions employ APPs are to improve access to care, to improve patient continuity and to redistribute clinical work so that healthcare providers are functioning at the top of their license. In the outpatient setting, APPs are capable of a variety of roles and functions. APPs are trained to take an extensive medical history, perform comprehensive physical examinations and to develop and implement treatment plans. APPs are able to see both new and follow-up patients and may supervise patients' survivorship care. APP led clinics can provide easy access for assessment, diagnosis, and symptom management. This allows oncology physicians to have more time with newly diagnosed patients or those with more complex needs. Working together with physician partners, the APP is able to manage symptoms of advancing disease and provide palliative care. Patients with a high risk genetic predisposition can be seen for management and surveillance by an APP.”
Read the rest of this fantastic paper here. Amazing work, Joanne!