publication date: Nov. 22, 2019

In Brief

Ethan Basch receives ACCC Clinical Research award

Ethan Basch, director of the Cancer Outcomes Research Program and professor of hematology and oncology at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, received the Association of Community Cancer Centers 2019 Clinical Research Award.

The award was presented during the ACCC National Oncology Conference in Orlando Nov. 1.

As a medical oncologist and health services researcher, Basch has focused on developing methods to bring the patient perspective into cancer clinical research and routine care delivery. For over a decade, his group has developed and implemented patient-reported outcomes tools and worked closely with public and private agencies to effect policy changes based on their findings.

Basch’s goal is to conduct research that facilitates rigorous inclusion of PROs in product development, drug labels, and routine care for symptom monitoring. It is his hope that bringing the patient voice into clinical research and care delivery processes will lead to safer drug development, improved quality of care, enhanced patient-clinician communication, and better patient experiences with disease and treatment.

Basch has found that in routine care about 75% of patients are compliant with self-reported outcomes. And in some rural programs, this compliance rate has been as high as 95%.

“Integration of patient-reported symptoms into cancer care is feasible and is associated with clinical benefit,” he said upon accepting the award. Basch said future efforts should focus on strategies for implementing self-reporting into clinical workflow and electronic health records.


Harmar Brereton, Dana Dornsife receive NCCS Ellen Stovall Award

Harmar Brereton and Dana Dornsife received the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship’s Ellen L. Stovall Award for Innovation in Patient-Centered Cancer Care Nov. 13.

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