MANHASSET, New YorkLast month, ONI launched a new interactive feature: an electronic Reader Poll located on The Oncology Group website (www.cancernetwork.com). The poll question is keyed to an important article in each month's print issue.
In April, the poll question (at right) asked about possible ways to prevent the predicted shortage of oncologists in 2020. Of the more than 100 readers who voted, 41% said the best tactic is to increase the number of oncology fellowships. Increasing the use of nonphysician clinicians came in second at 23%, offering incentives to delay retirement was next at 15%, expanding the primary care physician's role for patients in remission garnered 14% of the vote, and improving health information technology (HIT) systems (to reduce paperwork) came in last at 7%.