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Advanced Practice

Delivery of Clinical Services: Mobilizing Advanced Practice Providers to Enhance Patient Care

Kimberly Tripp
LaKeisha Day
Alexandra Blake
Ivy Bertram
CJON 2017, 21(4), 423-427 DOI: 10.1188/17.CJON.423-427

Advanced practice providers (APPs) are increasingly being used in a variety of healthcare settings to provide care, treatment, and services to patients with cancer. They are also being deployed to acute oncologic settings to enhance patient care delivery and address the ever-evolving needs of patients in academic medicine. In response, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center developed a series of innovative clinical programs staffed by acute care APPs. These provide an opportunity to rapidly adapt to the acute care needs of patients with cancer while fostering the professional development of APPs within the full scope of their oncologic clinical practice.


  • Innovation in patient care delivery can be most effective when collaboration exists between teams.
  • APPs can play a key role in improving the delivery and continuity of patient care in acute care settings.
  • The ability to quickly adapt to the changing needs of patients within an evolving healthcare system is critical to success.

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