CHALLENGE: The demand for cancer services is projected to exceed the supply of cancer health professionals threatening access and quality across the continuum of research and care.
SHARED GOAL: Define and pursue a coordinated national strategy for ensuring the capacity and skills of the cancer workforce.
C-Change Workforce Platform Summary*
- Demand for oncologists is expected to exceed supply by 25-30% by 2020
- The social work labor force is older than most professions, with nearly 30% of licensed social workers over age 55
- By 2020, the shortage of registered nurses will be greater than 1 million
- Cancer registrar demand is estimated to grow 10% in the next 15 years
- More than 20% of the US population lives in areas deemed as health professional shortage areas
- The proportion of minorities in the population outstrips their representation among health professionals by several-fold
- Delays in diagnosis
- Longer wait times
- Delays in treatment
- Care provided by less experienced or expert professionals
- Less frequent interaction with clinical and supportive services
- Delays in the evaluation and management of symptoms
- Worsening health disparities
- Decreased clinical trial enrollment
Increase Quantity – Recruit, retain, and support re-entry of cancer professionals to expand the capacity of the workforce
- Cancer professions need to be aggressively promoted as rewarding, stable, and important careers.
- Professionals and students need to be retained by supporting their success and satisfaction.
Increase Quality - Train and retrain cancer professionals to strengthen their knowledge and skills
- Cancer professionals must be better prepared with the knowledge and skills to meet the health, cultural, and informational needs of the populations they serve.
- Cancer professionals must maintain competency and be prepared to lead within the team, organization, community, and systems in which they work.
Improve Value - Optimize the role and organization of cancer professionals to realize the full value of the workforce
- Cancer professionals should be individually supported to apply their entire scope of practice.
- Cancer professionals should be organizationally supported to leverage their time, talent, and geographic distribution.
Since the quantity, quality, and value of the cancer workforce are controlled and influenced by numerous entities, leadership is needed from federal and state policymakers, educators from all levels and disciplines, healthcare and research institutions, as well as the general public to strengthen the workforce.
Kristen Cox Santiago, MS
Advisory Committee Chairs:
Betsy Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH
Advisory Committee List
C-Change Reports and facts sheets
- IOM Report
- CAP Report
- J&J Future of Nursing Report
- AACI Workforce Report
- AAMC Workforce Report
- Allied Health Report