, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 507-514,
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Date: 17 Apr 2012

A Competency-Based Approach to Expanding the Cancer Care Workforce Part III—Improving Cancer Pain and Palliative Care Competency

Abstract

As part of an effort to address shortages in the cancer workforce, C-Change developed competency standards and logic model-driven implementation tools for strengthening the cancer knowledge and skills of non-oncology health professionals. These standards and tools were applied by four diverse grant programs to yield gains in the management of pain and palliative care, thereby improving the quality of care for individuals experiencing or recovering from cancer treatment. The results from the four grant sites and tools used to achieve them are described in this article.

Editor’s Note

In April 2007, MEDSURG Nursing featured Part I of the article, “A Competency-Based Approach to Expanding the Cancer Care Workforce” [1] described the cancer workforce challenges, the rationale for a competency-based approach, the multi-disciplinary development process, and the resulting comprehensive inventory of cancer competency statements.
In 2009, MEDSURG Nursing featured Part II of the article, “A Competency-Based Approach to Expanding the Cancer Care Workforce: Proof of Concept” [2] described the pilot-testing of the cancer core competency standards and tools at four diverse sites. Part III details the application of the tools and pain and palliative care competency standards by four other diverse organizations.