July 08, 2015
CancerCare Announces National Study Using PAM
CancerCare, a national non-profit organization that provides free psychosocial support, education and financial assistance to anyone affected by cancer, announces the launch of a bold, new research initiative. Through surveys among a nationally representative sample of thousands of people with cancer, Cancerwill examine patients’ experiences and perceptions regarding access to care, clinical trials, treatment decisions, communication with providers, insurance and financial concerns and end-of-life issues.
“The goal of the is to more visibly and effectively represent the voice of people with cancer, advocate for their access to the best and most advanced care, and define and promote patient engagement to enhance quality of life and optimize outcomes,” explained Patricia Goldsmith, CEO of Cancerand a cancer survivor herself. “We have developed a unique research approach that will use the Patient Activation Measure® (PAM®), a well validated and widely used tool, to help us contextualize and understand the ways cancer patients are involved in their own care and engage with providers. (Read full press release.)