Monograph: Comparing Cancer Care & Economic Outcomes Across Health Systems (Aug 2013)

The Applied Research Program and Surveillance Research Program within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute (NCI) are pleased to announce the publication of Comparing Cancer Care and Economic Outcomes Across Health Systems: Challenges and OpportunitiesExternal Web Site Policy in Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs (No. 46: August 2013).

Measuring and projecting the economic burden associated with cancer and identifying effective policies for minimizing its impact are increasingly important issues for health care policy makers and health care systems at multiple levels. The tremendous diversity in health care delivery, expenditures, and cancer outcomes -- both internationally and regionally -- suggests that comparative studies between health care systems and/or countries might inform evaluation, development, or modification of policies related to cancer screening, treatment, and programs of care delivery.

Written by experts in health economics, epidemiology, health services research, health policy, and biostatistics, the papers in the monograph highlight the multiple benefits of comparing patterns of cancer care, costs, and outcomes across health systems, within a single country or across countries. The monograph was developed by scientists at the NCI and at numerous institutions in the US, Italy, the United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands. A September 2010 workshopExternal Web Site Policy, convened to discuss interdisciplinary approaches for estimating the cancer burden and the feasibility of international and health care system comparative studies of cancer outcomes, was the basis for initiating the monograph.

A single printed copy of the monograph may be ordered online from the NCI Publications LocatorExternal Web Site Policy (while supplies last).