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Proposed Data Collection; Comment Request; Public Health Service; The National Survey of Physician Attitudes Regarding the Care of Cancer Survivors (SPARCCS) (NCI)

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In compliance with the provisions of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comments on proposed data collection projects, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute (NCI) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.

Proposed Collection: Title: The National Survey of Physician Attitudes Regarding the Care of Cancer Survivors (SPARCCS); Type of Information Collection Request: NEW; Need and Use of Information Collection: The purpose of SPARCCS is to identify the beliefs, knowledge, attitudes, and practices of primary care physicians and cancer specialists regarding the components described by the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) 2005 report that described the essential components of cancer survivorship care within a health care delivery system. These data will inform the process of standardization of survivorship care practices; augment the data collected in other cancer survivorship studies such as the Cancer Care Outcomes Research and Surveillance Consortium (CanCORS), and the Cancer Research Network; and monitor the progress made toward achieving NCI strategic goals of improving the quality of cancer care across the cancer control continuum. Two questionnaires, one sent to primary care physicians and one sent to medical oncologists, will be administered by mail to a randomly selected national sample of 2,200 physicians. Study participants will be 1,100 practicing physicians who are family practitioners, general internists, and obstetrician/gynecologists and 1,100 medical oncologists. Frequency of Response: Once. Affected Public: Individuals and Businesses. Type of Respondents: Primary care and medical oncology physicians practicing in a non-federal facility. The annual reporting burden is estimated at 903 hours as shown in Table 1. The total burden hours is estimated at 1,808 hours over the two year field period of the study. There are no capital, operating or maintenance costs to report.

Table 1—Estimates of Annual Burden Hours

Type of respondentsSurveyNumber of respondentsFrequency of responseAverage time per response (minutes/hour)Annual burden hours
Family PracticePCP Instrument250120/6083
General InternistsPCP Instrument250120/6083
OB/GYNsPCP Instrument50120/6017
OncologistsOncology Instrument550120/60183
Receptionists & AdministratorsFollow-Up Phone Calls1,10345/60368

Request for Comments: Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies are invited on one or more of the following points: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

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Send comments to Arnold Potosky, PhD, Health Services and Economics, Branch Applied Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, 6130 Executive Blvd., EPN Room 4005, Bethesda, MD 20892-7344 Telephone: (301) 496-5662; e-mail:

Comments Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60 days of the date of this publication.

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Dated: July 21, 2008.

Vivian Horovitch-Kelley,

NCI Project Clearance Liaison Office, National Institutes of Health.

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[FR Doc. E8-17505 Filed 7-30-08; 8:45 am]