Healthcare Delivery
Research Blog

June 2015


The popularity of health services research was again evident at the health services research and quality of care oral abstract session on May 30, 2015.  About half an hour into the session a crew of conference employees arrived to seat attendees, as the Chicago fire marshal has prohibited standing in the back of conference rooms.  Every seat was taken when they finished.

The session was organized into three sub-sessions with three presentations and a discussant in each.  The presentations were universally well-done and interesting.  In the interests of brevity, I am going to focus on one presentation of each sub-session.

The first sub-session focused on patient-level interventions.  Note that promoting such interventions is a priority for our new program, as represented by the creation of our Health Systems and Interventions Research Branch.  My early career involvement in... Read more

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It has been about 10 years since I last attended ASCO.  My first impression this year was size.  If you took all the meeting space and laid it out end-to-end on a horizontal plane it would cover a larger area than my home town.  My second impression was how much has changed for health services research (HSR).  A decade ago I stood by my poster in the outer reaches of a dreary hall for 90 minutes.  Fewer than 10 people even strolled past the group of HSR posters.

This year the Guest Speaker at the Opening Session was Michael Porter from Harvard Business School.  Dr. Porter is trained as an economist and his work has focused on competitive strategy.  His talk was titled “Value-Based Health Care Delivery.”  He started by saying that there have been minimal improvements in patient outcomes despite attempting to influence care through guidelines, prior authorization, co-pays, and care coordination.  Dr. Porter... Read more

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In a case-based manuscript we tell the story of Ms. Young’s journey from a routine doctor’s visit to a breast cancer diagnosis and examine the coordination of her care among multiple health care providers.  With the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act increased attention is directed towards delivering healthcare that is safe, effective, equitable, timely and patient-centered.   Better coordination of patient care gives rise to changes in our healthcare delivery system, emergence of Patient Centered Medical Homes and practitioners who strive to deliver better care through teamwork.


Ms. Young’s case study integrates knowledge of health care teams in cancer care delivery. The authors evaluate how principles of interdependence among healthcare team providers can contribute to better patient outcomes.


Does your healthcare delivery environment practice principles of teamwork? If not, are you interested in learning more about... Read more

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