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National Cancer Institute
Behavioral Research - Cancer Control and Population Sciences

Process of Care Research Branch (PCRB)

Key Initiatives: Health Care Teams

PCRB is interested in research that explores multilevel factors that influence health care team function and effectiveness, leading to patient satisfaction and improved clinical outcomes.  

Relevant studies may include the following:

  • Investigations of the role of physician engagement in creating and sustaining effective patient-centered team-based care
  • Characterizations of actions and interactions of individuals within teams that improve metrics of care quality (effectiveness, efficiency, patient centeredness, etc.)
  • Characterizations of actions and interactions of individuals across teams (e.g. between primary and subspecialty care for cancer) that improve metrics of care quality (effectiveness, efficiency, patient centeredness, etc.)
  • Examination of policy impacts on care delivery through effective health care teams   
  • Associations between organizational characteristics and team functioning and metrics of care quality (effectiveness, efficiency, patient centeredness, etc.)

Related Products and Initiatives

The scientific, medical, and political communities share an interest in how to improve the quality of health care in general and cancer care in particular. Medical teams play a critical role at all stages of patient care, including detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease as well as long-term management of chronic conditions. Although much is known about the factors that enhance team performance in a wide variety of settings, this work has not been systematically applied to improving cancer care. The Health Care Teams in Cancer Conference held in May 2012 highlighted theoretical and empirical work applicable to the role of teams in cancer care. Discussions identified exciting avenues for future team research in medical and other settings.

Contact

Veronica Chollette, MS, RN
Program Director
Process of Care Research Branch (PCRB)
Behavioral Research Program (BRP)
cholletv@mail.nih.gov
240-276-6969


Last Updated: November 12, 2013

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