A 'year in the life' of health services research in oncology.

Michael D. Brundage, Claire F. Snyder, Brenda Bass

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Oncology health services research (HSR) is a broad, multidimensional field. Current areas of research foci may be informative. We searched Medline for oncology HSR papers published in English in a single year (2009). Abstracted data related to access, quality, cost, health/wellbeing, place on the cancer continuum and study design. Among 1113 papers, the most commonly studied HSR domain was quality-of-care (65%). Within the care continuum, 'treatment' received the greatest attention (37%), and 'prevention' the least (5%). More specifically, treatment-related quality-of-care was most often studied (23%). Breast cancer was the most common site focus (28%). Most studies were descriptive (75%), retrospective (35%) or cross-sectional (35%). These findings might inform the decisions of researchers or policy makers seeking to improve cancer health services delivery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)615-622
Number of pages8
JournalExpert review of pharmacoeconomics & outcomes research
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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