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NCCN, in collaboration with Pfizer, awards 9 grants for QI in breast cancer care

Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 18:00 Hrs  [IST]

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Oncology Research Program (ORP) and Pfizer Global Medical Grants has announced they have awarded funding to nine projects that use clinical care pathways to implement quality improvement (QI) initiatives along the continuum of care for underserved patients with breast cancer.

Some of the selected projects examine care choices, including how to optimize chemotherapy delivery, manage symptoms, adhere to guidelines, improve clinical pathways, and utilize shared decision-making. Other projects concentrate on specific patient groups, such as African Americans, younger women, and patients living in rural areas.

"Our Request for Proposals (RFP) specifically sought out centers that focus on treating underserved patients with cancer," explained Susan Most, RN, MBA, director of clinical operations, NCCN ORP. "By highlighting technological advances and multidisciplinary collaboration, we hope to encourage the widespread adoption of best practices for reducing costs and improving quality in breast cancer patient care."

More than 90 letters of intent were submitted to the RFP and subsequently 23 full proposals were requested for review.

"The volume of proposals submitted speaks to the significant unmet need in this area," said Julia Perkins Smith, MD, vice president, Oncology Medical North America, Pfizer. "We were very impressed with the quality of the proposals we received from academic and community medical systems across the country and are very excited to announce the grant recipients."

A review committee – led by NCCN and including a medical representative from Pfizer – approved the following proposals: East Carolina University; Improving the Quality of Breast Cancer Care in an Underserved Rural Setting, Emory University School of Medicine; Care Pathway Development, Implementation and Assessment to Improve Outcomes in African American (AA) Breast Cancer Patients, Intermountain Healthcare; Improving Clinical Pathways and Care Delivery in Breast Cancer, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Reducing Discontinuation Rate of Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy through Symptom Monitoring and Management, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Optimizing Delivery of Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy to Breast Cancer Patients who are Appropriate Candidates at Johns Hopkins.

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Innovating Patient-Facing Care Pathways in Breast Cancer using the 4R model, 4R = Right Information / Care / Patient / Time, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Statewide Learning Collaborative to Improve Adherence to Breast Cancer Guidelines, Roswell Park Alliance Foundation; Breast Cancer Pathways Impact on Shared Decision Making and Patient Experience In Academic and Community Practice, University of Nebraska Board of Regents dba University of Nebraska Medical Center; Clinical Pathway for the Timely & Appropriate Treatment and Support of Young Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

"We are pleased to work with Pfizer to help bring about better experiences and results for patients with breast cancer," said Most.

The projects are set to begin in January 2018 and run for two years. Each program is required to provide evidence of scalability and sustainability. Data based on the project outcomes will be evaluated and disseminated in early 2020.

This is the third collaboration between NCCN ORP and Pfizer. The NCCN ORP has a history of strong and enduring collaborations with investigators and industry.


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