CRN Scientific Working Groups (SWGs)
The Cancer Research Network supports and facilitates population sciences cancer research that is conducted in integrated health care settings. Providing infrastructure support for cancer research resources, the CRN focuses on research activities that take advantage of the unique settings in which their research centers reside. These include access to defined populations of approximately nine million members; development of research data resources that extract data from the rich electronic medical record; the expertise of scientists based in these research centers; and linkage to clinical and operations leaders that can both inform research protocols, and result in projects with direct translational potential.
Recognizing this unique combination of attributes for conducting population sciences research in cancer, the CRN has created four Scientific Working Groups (SWGs) that have as their general objective the promotion of innovative, high quality research that can improve our knowledge and decrease the burden of cancer. Activities include: outreach to encourage collaborations among CRN Sites, with academic and other research institutions, and with clinical and operational leaders; discussions to promote the ferment of ideas that result in fundable and funded research projects; the shepherding of research projects to enhance the likelihood of success; and the encouragement and mentoring of careers in cancer research.
Each SWG is co-led by three scientists with expertise and research interests in the domain covered by the SWG. This includes two investigators with primary appointments at CRN Sites, and an investigator based at a non-CRN research institution. This partnership combines investigators with direct knowledge of the nuances of conducting research in the CRN setting with investigators who may have other perspectives. The four SWG areas, described further below, are:
Prevention & Screening
The mission of the Prevention & Screening SWG is to facilitate research that takes advantage of the strengths of the CRN to reduce the human and economic burden of cancer through improved prevention and early detection. We seek to develop a network that includes national experts and internal and external scientists interested in conducting innovative, high impact research that can be translated into usual care.
Douglas A. Corley, MD, PhD, MPH, Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California
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Nirupa Ghai, PhD, MPH
Epidemiology of Prognosis & Outcomes
Our aim is to make the CRN the most complete and comprehensive data resource for cancer prognosis, treatment and outcomes research in the United States, and to facilitate research in these areas.
Priority Focus Areas
To achieve this aim we have 5 areas of focus:
Heather Spencer Feigelson, PhD, MPH, Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado
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Health Care Quality & Cost
The vision of the Health Care Quality & Cost (HCQC) Scientific Working Group is accessible, effective, equitable, affordable patient-centered cancer care. The SWG is focused on four high-priority policy concerns:
Our priority aim is to leverage existing data and resources for new collaborative manuscripts and proposals. The Economic Burden of Cancer dataset contains tumor registry, inpatient and outpatient utilization, and relative cost weights. We invite researchers interested in conducting analyses with the dataset to collaborate on research projects with our team.
Our secondary aim is to develop and improve the CRN data systems in the following areas:
Members of the HCQC SWG are also available to provide the CRN and HMORN with expert advice regarding cost and quality analysis projects.
Mark C. Hornbrook, PhD, The Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Northwest
For more information about the Health Care Quality & Cost SWG, please contact:
Joanna E. Bulkley, PhD
Communications & Dissemination
The overarching goal of the Communication & Dissemination Scientific Working Group is to facilitate CRN-based research focused on cancer-related Communication, Decision Making, Dissemination, and Implementation.
In addition to developing new research in these areas, we intend to build on existing CRN accomplishments by identifying CRN products ready for dissemination and implementation, and to develop and implement systems for sharing research and effective practices across the CRN and beyond.
The CRN Cancer Communication Research Center (CCRC) is a related NCI-funded project. The primary goal of the CCRC is to identify and describe optimal communication structures and processes in organizations that facilitate patient-centered communication in cancer care.
Jim W. Dearing, PhD, Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado
For more information about the Communication & Dissemination SWG, please refer to our Web page or contact:
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