Research on the Quality of Cancer Care in Diverse Populations
  • Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation: A Pilot Study of Women's Decision Making Process for Breast Reconstruction in the LA and Detroit SEER Registry. (PI Amy Alderman MD, MPH) The goal of this study is to examine patterns and correlates of breast reconstruction after mastectomy for patients enrolled in two NIH funded studies. Patients who received mastectomy will be re-interviewed 2 years post diagnosis to evaluate quality of life and decision issues related to breast reconstruction.
  • National Cancer Institute: Understanding Decision-Making in Breast Cancer Reconstruction. (1R21CA122467-01A2, P.I. Amy Alderman, MD, MPH) The goal of this study is to examine the decision-making process of breast cancer reconstruction after the initial diagnosis and treatment period. The specific aims of the proposed study are: 1) to perform a survey of a population-based cohort of women diagnosed with breast cancer from August 2005 to June 2006 in the metropolitan area of Los Angeles who received a mastectomy, and to measure the proportion of women undergoing delayed breast reconstruction; 2) to describe correlates of receipt of immediate and delayed breast reconstruction compared to those women who have not been reconstructed; 3) to evaluate decisional satisfaction and health-related quality of life (HRQL) in women who did and did not receive immediate or delayed breast reconstruction and 4) to develop measures and describe the stages in the decision- making process for breast reconstruction.

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