Research on the Quality of Cancer Care in Diverse Populations

Christopher R. Friese, RN, PhD, AOCN®

Christopher R. Friese, RN, PhD, AOCN® is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. His program of research focuses on measuring and improving the quality of care for patients with cancer. He has conducted health services research in a variety of settings, including surgical oncology, patients with febrile neutropenia, and diagnostic patterns of care for hematological malignancies. He obtained his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and completed a post doctoral fellowship in cancer prevention and control at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Friese is a recipient of the K00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, which focuses on nursing contributions to outcomes for patients with cancer. His research has been funded by the Oncology Nursing Society, American Cancer Society, and the National Institutes of Health. An active clinician, Dr. Friese has practiced in hematologic malignancies/bone marrow transplant since 1997. He holds certification as an Advanced Oncology Nurse (AOCN), and has held national leadership positions in the Oncology Nursing Society.

Selected Key Papers

  1. Friese CR, Pini TM, Abrahamse PH, Graff JJ, Hamilton AS, Jagsi R, Janz NK, Hawley ST, Katz SJ, Griggs JJ. Adjuvant endocrine therapy initiation and persistence in a diverse sample of patients with breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2013 Apr;138(3):931-939. PMCID: PMC3633703
  2. Friese CR, Aiken LH. Failure to rescue in the surgical oncology population: implications for nursing and quality improvement. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2008 Sep;35(5):779-85. PMID: 18765323
  3. Friese CR, Lake ET, Aiken LH, Silber JH, Sochalski J. Hospital nurse practice environments and outcomes for surgical oncology patients. Health Serv Res. 2008 Aug;43(4):1145-63. PMID: 18248404
  4. Lake ET, Friese, CR. Variations in nursing practice environments: relation to staffing and hospital characteristics. Nurs Res. 2006 Jan-Feb;55(1):1-9. PMID: 16439923
  5. Friese, CR. Nurse practice environments and outcomes: implications for oncology nursing. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2005 Jul;32(4):765-72.

Selected Projects

  1. Fostering Independence in Nursing and Outcomes Research (K00 NR010750-01 09/18/08-06/31/13)

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