Healthcare Teams

Background

The goal of the Healthcare Teams Initiative is to create and promote a research program in effective health care teams and integrate this knowledge of health care teams into cancer care delivery research. Promoting increased knowledge of how teams affect the delivery of cancer care is consistent with NCI’s mission of reducing the morbidity and mortality of cancer. New partnerships with multiple stakeholders that historically have not worked with NCI have been formed to examine evidence of how teams can improve clinical outcomes for cancer patients to establish the groundwork for publications and funding opportunities that influence and advance the science of team performance in cancer care. Expected outcomes of this body of science are an increase in research studies focused on teams in cancer care; standardization of measurement in team approaches to care; and generation of a collaborative network of effective cancer care team researchers, thereby contributing to improved teamwork in cancer care and ultimately to improved cancer care.

Current Activities