Recently an Oncology Roundtable member asked me: How do you measure the degree of oncology service line integration? It’s an interesting question because so many cancer programs are working towards the goal of better communication and coordination across sub-specialties, but “integration” is a somewhat nebulous goal. For that reason, I like the idea of trying to make it more concrete by developing a set of objective measures.
While I can’t provide a definitive answer for how to measure integration, I wanted to share my thoughts. I would love to hear your opinion as well. You can add them to this post by typing into the box at the bottom of this page under the heading “Tell Us What You Think.”
How do you measure oncology service line integration?
Anne Taylor, Oncology Roundtable
We recently asked you, “Does your cancer program require the nurses working in the infusion center to have Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) certification?” and, “Does your cancer program pay a differential to nurses with ONS certification?” The results of these Oncology Roundtable survey questions are listed in the table below.
Should your program reward nurses who earn Oncology Nursing Certification?