About the Healthcare Assessment Research Branch
The Healthcare Assessment Research Branch (HARB) is one of three branches in NCI's Healthcare Delivery Research Program.
Our mission is to promote population-based research on demographic, social, economic, and health system factors as they relate to providing screening, treatment, and survivorship services for cancer.
The Branch carries out its mission by assessing:
- cancer-related health services utilization and outcomes among individuals in the general population and among selected population subgroups;
- the dissemination and effective delivery of cancer-related health services by community-based health care providers and health care delivery organizations; and
- the role of economic factors related to the equitable, efficient, and effective provision of cancer-related health services.
Furthermore, the Branch works towards its mission by developing, improving, and disseminating:
- data resources to support policy-relevant research on economic and health services research questions across the cancer continuum; and
- methods and techniques of economics and health services research related to cancer.
The ultimate purpose of this research is to improve cancer outcomes, reduce cancer-related health disparities, and reduce the burden of cancer to patients, their families, and society.
- Cancer Research Network (CRN)
- Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Cancer Survivorship Supplement
- National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) Cancer Control Supplement
- Patterns of Care/Quality of Care Studies
- Physician Surveys
- Population-Based Research Optimizing Screening through Personalized Regimens (PROSPR)
- SEER-Medicare Linked Database