Mission: To support and encourage behavioral research on how individuals, their family members, health care teams, and health care organizations can act and interact more effectively to improve health through cancer care delivery.
Scientific Priorities: PCRB focuses on the behavior of people seeking or considering health care, their families, their providers, and the organizations in which the providers operate. PCRB is particularly interested in the processes of care that support patient-centered care and involve primary care or the interaction of primary care providers with cancer-relevant subspecialties across the cancer continuum. In addition to specific research priorities described on the Key Initiatives page, the PCRB research agenda includes, but is not limited to:
- Studies of the interactions between patients and their health care providers, or patients, families and providers and the health care system, including explorations of related
- Patient factors and behaviors, such as age, race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, belief, attitude, knowledge, and health insurance coverage
- Provider factors, such as knowledge, belief, attitude, health care team structure, and team functioning
- Organizational factors, such as organizational policy/norms, leadership support for the care team, incentive structure, physical structure, integration and functions of electronic medical record, and type of health care organization
- Family factors that affect cancer care delivery
- Theory-based multilevel behavioral interventions in screening, diagnosis, and advanced cancer care. .
- Contextual factors, such as organizational or community norms, setting, incentive structure, staff time allocation, and stage in the continuum of care
- Studies of interventions to improve the quality of care delivery as indicated by one or more of the following: safety, effectiveness, patient-centeredness, efficiency, timeliness and equality