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Going forward with the AACI: routes for improvement and the role of human genetics in delivery of cancer care

Dodson, Morgan (2017) Going forward with the AACI: routes for improvement and the role of human genetics in delivery of cancer care. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death in the United States, and accounts for over 5% of health spending in the U.S. Further, both the disease and financial burden of cancer are predicted to grow in the coming years as the population ages and expensive new treatments are developed. While genomics will play a key role in understanding and treating cancer going forward, recent opinions of cancer treatment also reflect a focus on increasing the efficiency of treatment and strengthening the oncology infrastructure. Meeting these goals will be crucial to the maintenance of Public Health. The Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) epitomizes this outlook, and seeks to improve prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer by supporting academic-based cancer centers that receive support from the Nation Cancer Institute (NCI). Their Physician Clinical Leadership Initiative (PCLI) furthers this goal by uniting center leadership and helping them to share vital experience across the nation. As part of this essay, I analyzed data from a self-assessment exercise performed by PCLI at their 2016 annual meeting. Analysis revealed insight into where physician leaders felt their centers were positioned in several key subject areas (such as oncology quality programs, clinical operations, and translating research into practice), where they felt their centers should be, where there was variation in the state of centers across the nation according to physician leadership, and the extent of agreement or disagreement among centers regarding their goals. These results will be used to assess which subject areas are priority targets for improvement. Finally, AACI also reflects the advancing role of genomics in cancer care through their Molecular Diagnostics Initiative.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Dodson, Morganmtd41@pitt.eduMTD41
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKammerer, Candacecmk3@pitt.educmk3UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberDiergaarde, Brendabbd3@pitt.edubbd3UNSPECIFIED
Date: 27 April 2017
Date Type: Submission
Defense Date: 14 April 2017
Submission Date: 2 April 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Human Genetics
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cancer, Human, Genetics, Association, of, American, Cancer, Institutes
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2017 19:15
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 17:55


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