Health Services & Economics Branch Areas of Research
- Cancer Treatment & Outcomes
- Economics of Cancer & Cancer Trials
- Health Care Systems
- Health Disparities
- Preventive & Screening Services
- Research Methodology
Cancer Treatment & Outcomes
The most favorable outcomes for cancer patients can be achieved only when cancer treatments of proven efficacy are effectively delivered in the general community. The Health Services and Economics Branch monitors the dissemination of recommended cancer treatment and conducts studies that describe clinical and quality-of-life outcomes of cancer treatment in large, diverse, and representative patient populations.
Economics of Cancer & Cancer Trials
The Health Services and Economics Branch supports several activities related to the economics of cancer. These include developing data resources and methods to produce estimates of the economic burden of cancer, developing detailed estimates of and determinants of the cost of cancer care, and estimating the cost of cancer care in clinical trials.
Our bibliography of publications on the economics of cancer includes articles describing the results of studies on the economic burden of cancer and the cost of cancer treatment.
Health Care Systems
The Health Services and Economics Branch supports research on how healthcare system factors affect access to and effective delivery of cancer control services. We also sponsor the development of research resources that support innovative approaches to healthcare systems research.
Our bibliography of publications in the area of health care systems lists articles on studies that have examined delivery of cancer-related healthcare services by such healthcare system factors as health insurance, type of health plan, and procedure volume.
Documenting the extent and understanding the causes of disparities in accessing and receiving cancer-related health services is a major cross-cutting research theme supported by the Health Services and Economics Branch (HSEB). We study health disparities by race/ethnicity and the socioeconomic status of individuals and by the socioeconomic characteristics of the community environment.
A supplement (May 2012) to the American Journal of Public Health aims to highlight the need for and state of empirical research on racial/ethnic discrimination and its association with the health and health care received by racial/ethnic minority populations.
Our bibliography of publications in the area of health disparities includes articles on studies that have examined cancer-related health disparities by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status.
Preventive & Screening Services
The delivery of clinical preventive and screening services by community health care providers is an important aspect of cancer control. The Health Services and Economics Branch supports a variety of research efforts designed to monitor trends in the use of these services and evaluate the factors that determine the availability of, access to, and effectiveness of delivery of these services.
Our bibliography of publications on prevention and screening lists articles that provide detailed results from these and similar surveys and studies.
The Health Services and Economics Branch supports research into methodological issues related to conceptualizing, measuring, and analyzing health economics and health services factors. These factors include:
- economic cost and resource utilization;
- health status; and
- socio-demographic, socio-economic, health system and community factors.
Our bibliography of publications on research methodology lists articles on methodologic issues in health economics and health services research.
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2013