Our mission: To improve the quality and value of cancer care
The Columbia University Center for Cancer Outcomes Research and Evaluation is a group of health services researchers committed to improving cancer care outcomes among different patient populations.
By using large various data sets, collaborating with other researchers from different disciplines, and drawing from their significant expertise in medical, surgical, and radiation oncology, the investigators strive to understand why and how often suboptimal outcomes occur. After understanding the underlying reasons and occurrences, the researchers design and test interventions targeted to optimize the quality, delivery, safety, and resource utilization of cancer care.
The Center’s research priorities aim to address the challenges and opportunities in delivering high quality care, with a strong focus on racial, ethnic, and socio-economic disparities. Addressing the social gaps and trying to eliminate these variations enable the researchers to study care in diverse practice settings, producing results that can be widely applied, reproduced, and generalized.
The investigators also aim to improve care by studying and learning from the successes and difficulties faced in different areas of cancers, such as breast, ovarian, colon, brain, lymphoma, and more recently, pediatrics.
Ultimately, the Center hopes evidence generated by big data analysis and prospective interventional trials will impact patients and families, hospitals, and policy-making institutions. The Center also hopes its research findings can influence multi-level partnership formation, strengthen coordination efforts, and facilitate support from other stakeholders needed to reduce the burden of cancer and to ultimately enhance the full spectrum of care.
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