Cancer Care Delivery Research (CCDR) within the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP)
Cancer Care Delivery Research (CCDR) is a multidisciplinary science that seeks to improve clinical outcomes and patient well-being by intervening on patient, clinician, and organizational factors that influence care delivery.
CCDR generates evidence that can be used to improve clinical practice patterns as well as develop and test promising interventions within the health care delivery system. It also supports development of new and generalizable knowledge about the effectiveness, acceptability, cost, optimal delivery mode, and causal mechanisms that influence outcomes and affect the value of cancer care across diverse settings and populations. The goal of CCDR is evidence-based practice transformation.
Care Delivery Studies within the NCORP network
The NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) is a national NCI-supported network that brings cancer prevention clinical trials and cancer care delivery research (CCDR) to people in their communities. More info about NCORP can be found on their website.
The NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) offers unique opportunities to conduct care delivery research in community settings where the majority of cancer patients receive their treatment. Integrating care delivery research within the NCORP network provides the ability to collect primary data and initiate interventions; look across a mix of practice models and heterogeneous populations; and follow patients from time of diagnosis through treatment and survivorship.
More information about NCORP Cancer Care Delivery Studies can be found on the NCORP Web site.
NCORP consists of three major components: Research Bases that develop and conduct studies; and, Community Sites and Minority/Underserved Community Sites that implement the studies and accrue patients and participants.
More information about NCORP structure and activities can be found on the NCORP Web site.
Cancer care delivery studies are designed and conducted by NCORP Research Bases. These Research Bases are equipped with the appropriate infrastructure and research expertise to carry out complex studies.
There are seven NCORP Research Bases, each with their own program of cancer care delivery research:
- Alliance (CCDR Leads: George Chang, Ethan Basch)
- Children's Oncology Group (COG) (CCDR Lead: Lillian Sung)
- ECOG-ACRIN (CCDR Lead: Ruth Carlos)
- NRG Oncology (CCDR Leads: Deb Ritzwoller, Matthew Hudson)
- SWOG (CCDR Leads: Scott Ramsey, Dawn Hershman)
- University of Rochester (CCDR Lead: Supriya Mohile)
- Wake Forest NCORP Research Base (CCDR Lead: Kate Weaver)
CCDR concepts submitted by Research Bases are reviewed and prioritized by the NCI Cancer Care Delivery Research Steering Committee.
Community Sites and Minority/Underserved Community Sites
There are a 34 Community Sites and 12 Minority/Underserved Community Sites, which are each comprised of a consortium of hospitals, oncology practices, and/or integrated healthcare systems. Each of these sites has a CCDR Lead responsible for advancing and coordinating cancer care delivery research activities. Among the 46 Community and Minority/Underserved Community Sites, there are over 900 components and sub-components (e.g. hospitals, cancer centers, oncology clinics) across 39 states that are eligible to participate in CCDR studies.
More information about NCORP Community and Minority/Underserved Community Sites and Research Bases can be found on the NCORP Web site.