Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB)
The Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB) advances research on the processes and effects of communication and informatics across the cancer control continuum. HCIRB is within the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Behavioral Research Program (BRP), in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS).
HCIRB is dedicated to advancing and funding cancer communication research with the goals of improving public understanding of cancer-relevant information, enhancing patient-provider-caregiver interactions, improving team communications within and between health care systems, bridging the gap between clinical and public health messaging, and translating research into clinical and public health practice.
HCIRB’s research priorities include:
- Our communication science work aims to:
- Improve the interface between science, media, and clinical care
- Raise public awareness and knowledge about cancer prevention and control priorities by improving access to and understanding of cancer information
- Investigate the impact of the changing media environment on knowledge and attitudes toward cancer prevention and control
- Evaluate communication processes in public health practice, community settings, and health care systems to advance and improve cancer care delivery and prevention
- Examine the utility and efficacy of innovative methods for studying communication patterns and processes
- Our multilevel health communication work aims to:
- Develop and evaluate communication interventions that operate at multiple levels of influence for behaviors relevant to cancer control and prevention
- Use informatics technologies to bridge gaps in health communication between the individual, clinical, and community levels
- Our technology-mediated communication work aims to:
- Support the adoption of innovative, evidence-based interventions that leverage emerging technologies and online platforms such as health system portals, smartphone and mobile apps, wireless sensors and devices, and social media
- Test the use and implementation of technology to improve care coordination for patients and caregivers
- Encourage the development and translation of evidence-based innovations in health information technology (HIT) especially as they relate to patient engagement, population health, safety, and continuity of care
News and Highlights
- HINTS 5, Cycle 2 (2018) data now available
- President’s Cancer Panel Report on “Improving Cancer-Related Outcomes with Connected Health”
- New HINTS Brief: Beliefs about Nicotine and Low Nicotine Cigarettes Among US Adults
- Oncology Informatics ed. by B. Hesse, D. Ahern & E. Beckjord available now!
- Meet Featured HCIRB Researchers
Initiatives and Measures
HCIRB Grant Portfolio and Funding Opportunities
We are so much more than the sum of our parts. Health needs to be placed in the context of whole person care, including benefits and harms, values and preference, and family and social context.”Alex H. Krist, M.D., M.P.H. Other HCIRB Featured Grantees
Simply comparing a minority group with the general population can obscure real differences within the minority population.”Poorna Kushalnagar, Ph.D. Other HCIRB Featured Grantees
I've learned from my primary care patients that I have to understand their social context to be able to partner with them to achieve healthy behaviors. You can't improve anyone's health in a vacuum.”Urmimala Sarkar, M.D., M.P.H. Other HCIRB Featured Grantees
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Meet Our Staff
Our team of accomplished scientists and research associates, fellows, and administrators is dedicated to advancing behavioral science research in cancer prevention and control.HCIRB Staff