Patient-Reported Outcomes version of the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (PRO-CTCAE)

The purpose of the PRO-CTCAE project is to develop an electronic-based system for patient self-reporting of symptom adverse events (AEs) listed in the CTCAEExternal Web Site Policy in an effort to improve the accuracy and precision of grading of this class of AEs. The accurate reporting of AEs that occur to patients on clinical trials is a federal requirement that facilitates evaluation of new therapies.

Dr. Ethan Basch at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterExternal Web Site Policy was awarded a contractExternal Web Site Policy to develop and test the PRO-CTCAE system. In the first project year beginning in October 2008, Dr. Basch and his co-investigators initiated development of an electronic patient-reported system for monitoring and reporting symptomatic AEs that patients may experience during treatment. In the second project year, Dr. Basch and his co-investigators will conduct studies to evaluate the validity, reliability, feasibility, and clinical utility of the new PRO-CTCAE, and they will create supporting training and educational materials.

Support and oversight for this contract is provided by representatives from NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population SciencesExternal Web Site Policy, Division of Cancer Prevention, Community Oncology and Prevention Trials Research GroupExternal Web Site Policy, Division of Cancer Treatment and DiagnosisExternal Web Site Policy, and the Center for BioinformaticsExternal Web Site Policy. The NCI is working collaboratively with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop the PRO-CTCAE and to assure that the PRO-CTCAE will be compliant with the Medical Dictionary for Regulatory Activities (MedDRA).

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