Faculty Projects

Cancer Prevention, Screening and Survivorship

GA Study on the Feasibility of Linking the BCCP with GCCR and Medicare
(SIP 11-043); Kathleen Adams, PI  http://www.sph.emory.edu/faculty/profile/#EADAM01
The purpose of this study was to increase capacity of the state of Georgia to address research questions regarding low-income women served by the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP). The project links BCCP data to the Georgia Comprehensive Cancer Registry (GCCR) and Medicare enrollment and claims data to examine whether BCCP women continue age- appropriate screening past 65, whether co-morbidities or type of Medicare coverage affects their screening patterns, and stage of disease for those diagnosed with breast cancer.

State Registries as Platform for Screening High-Risk Cancer Survivors and Families
(SIP 11-044); Joseph Lipscomb, PI http://www.sph.emory.edu/faculty/profile/#jlipsco
This study investigated whether and how state cancer registries can be a successful platform, or launch point, for interventions to increase guideline-adherent screening of those at elevated risk. Findings from the study are intended to inform cancer screening policies and programs, particularly at the state level.

Evaluating Special Events for Cancer Screening
(SIP 10-030); Cam Escoffery, PI http://www.sph.emory.edu/faculty/profile/#CESCOFF
The purpose of this study was to conduct a systematic review of the use of special events and evaluate the impact of special events on cancer screening and other key outcomes. Using a mixed-methods design, this study will help identify core elements of special events, understand their utility and outcomes, and assess their cost-effectiveness.

Innovative Message Framing to Increase Support for Tobacco Control Policies
(SIP 12-060) Carla Berg, PI http://www.sph.emory.edu/faculty/profile/#CJBERG
The objective of this study was to develop and test tobacco control policy messaging targeting diverse populations both nationally and specifically within the state of Georgia.  Specific study aims are to  1) Develop and disseminate tobacco control policy (e.g., youth prevention, cessation, comprehensive public smoke-free policies) messages in collaboration with state and national stakeholders and our creative team using gain vs. loss message framing and textual, pictorial, and video strategies; and 2) Examine the effectiveness of message frames (gain vs. loss frames), differing messaging modes (textual, pictorial, video), and varying communication channels related to tobacco control policies among diverse populations.

Acceptability of Active Surveillance as a Treatment Choice for Prostate Cancer among US Men
(SIP 9-015); Theresa Gillespie, PI http://www.surgery.emory.edu/about-us/faculty_directory/faculty_profile_theresa_gillespie.html
This mixed-methods, collaborative study was designed to assess participants’ perceptions and attitudes towards informed decision-making (IDM) related to active surveillance (AS) and other prostate cancer therapies; to evaluate information and communication needs to promote and support IDM for early stage prostate cancer (ESPC) treatment, with specific focus on the needs of AA & underserved/rural populations; and to examine patient, spousal, provider facility, and community characteristics that impact IDM for ESPC, particularly choice of AS.

Inventory and Assessment of National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) Interventions
(SIP 1-2006); Cam Escoffery, PI http://www.sph.emory.edu/faculty/profile/#CESCOFF
Specific project aims were to inventory NBCCEDP interventions for screening recruitment and professional development; to assess quality and effectiveness of interventions and their application of evidence-based cancer prevention and control strategies; and to disseminate assessment findings to promote implementation of effective, evidence-based interventions for screening recruitment and professional development of staff.

Determinants of Patient Dropout from Cancer Treatment and Follow-up
(SIP 7-2005); Joseph Lipscomb, PI http://www.sph.emory.edu/faculty/profile/#jlipsco
This was a population-based study that assessed the extent of—and factors relating to—early treatment discontinuation for cancer patients living in southwest Georgia during the first year of treatment post-diagnosis.

Prospective Study of the Effect of Treatment on Health-Related Quality of Life for Men with Localized Prostate Cancer
(SIP 25-2004); Kyle Steenland, PI http://www.sph.emory.edu/faculty/profile/#NSTEENL
A population-based longitudinal study of localized prostate cancer patients in southwest Georgia. The purpose of this was to determine how different patient characteristics and attitudes of family members and physicians lead to different treatment choices, and  how these characteristics combined with the treatment choices lead to different perceived quality of life following treatment for prostate cancer.