A mixed-methods examination of communication between oncologists and primary care providers among primary care physicians in underserved communities
Attitude of Health Personnel
Medically Underserved Area
Physicians, Primary Care
Although PCPs recognize that they play a critical, proactive role in supporting patients throughout the continuum of their cancer care experience, existing norms regarding postreferral engagement and oncologist-PCP communication often hinder activation of this role among PCPs. Expected standards regarding the method, frequency, and quality of postreferral communication should be jointly articulated and made accountable between PCPs and oncologists to help improve cancer patients' quality of care, particularly in minority communities.