Research on the Quality of Cancer Care in Diverse Populations

Sarah T. Hawley, PhD, MPH

Sarah T. Hawley, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Division of General Medicine at the University of Michigan and a Research Investigator at the Ann Arbor VA Center of Excellence in Health Services Research & Development. Her background is in health services research, and includes a postdoctoral fellowship in cancer prevention and control at UT-MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Hawley's research focuses on understanding and improving decision-making related to cancer prevention and control services. She is specifically interested in evaluating the role of patients' preferences in cancer-related decision making. Dr. Hawley is also interested in the development and testing of interventions for improving decision making for cancer screening and treatment. She conducted an NCI-funded project to evaluate preferences for colon cancer screening in racially/ethnically diverse primary care patients. From this work, she has been funded by the VA and the NIH to evaluate a preference-tailored decision tool designed to increase colon cancer screening adherence among racially/ethnically diverse primary care patients. She is also conducting NCI-funded research to evaluate patterns of breast cancer treatment decision making and to develop and evaluate a tool improving the quality of breast cancer treatment decisions.

Selected Key Papers

  1. Hawley ST, Hamilton AS, Graff JJ, Janz NK, Griggs JJ, Morrow M, Jagsi R, Salem B, Katz SJ. Decision Involvement and Receipt of Mastectomy among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Breast Cancer Patients. In Press; Journal of National Cancer Institute
  2. Hawley ST, Fagerlin A, Janz NK, Katz SJ. Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Knowledge about Risks & Benefits of Breast Cancer Treatment: Does It Matter Where You Go? Health Services Research, April 1, 2008.
  3. Katz SJ, Hawley ST. From policy to patients and back: improving the quality of breast cancer treatment decision making. Health Affairs 2007; 26(3):761-769.
  4. Hawley ST, Volk RJ, Krishnamurthy P, Jibaja-Weiss M, Vernon SW, Kneuper S. Preferences for colorectal cancer screening among racially/ethnically diverse primary care patients. Med Care. 2008 Sep;46 (9 Suppl 1):S10-6.

Selected Projects

  1. Developing a tool to improve the quality of breast cancer treatment decisions (R21 CA129859-01 09/20/07-08/31/09)
  2. Evaluating a preference-tailored intervention to increase CRC screening in diverse primary care patients (R01 CA131041 06/09/08 04/30/12)
  3. A preference-based intervention for increasing CRC screening in Veterans (VA IIR-06-205 04/01/08 03/31/11)

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