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Behavioral Research - Cancer Control and Population Sciences

Process of Care Research Branch (PCRB)

Key Initiatives: Care Transitions

PCRB is interested in research aimed at understanding and improving transitions between types of care along the cancer care continuum. Survivorship care planning interventions, patient navigation, teamwork, transitions coaching, and models such as the Patient-Centered Medical Home and shared care are contemporary examples of efforts to promote high quality transitional care within the US health system.

Relevant studies may include the following:

  • Development and testing of models, measures, and approaches to promote coordinated care across transition points
  • Intervention studies to improve transitional care
  • Evaluations of the efficacy of models and processes of care that will improve coordination and continuity of care across transition points and at interfaces of care

A key transition -- Survivorship Care Planning
PCRB is interested in research that assesses the efficacy, impact and sustainability of survivorship care planning interventions on survivor, provider, organizational and systems-level outcomes. Relevant studies may investigate multilevel influences and processes associated with survivorship care planning. Potential outcomes include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Cancer survivors’ health and psychosocial outcomes, management of late effects and adherence to screening, surveillance and health behavior guidelines, and use of follow-up care
  • Providers’ time, knowledge, costs, and satisfaction with survivorship care planning
  • Organizational-level factors influencing the implementation of care planning as well as costs associated with implementation

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Carly Parry, PhD, MSW
Program Director
Process of Care Research Branch (PCRB)
Behavioral Research Program (BRP)

Last Updated: November 12, 2013

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