Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management
Cancer Prevention and Control
Area of Interest
Stover is a health services researcher with expertise in developing and implementing patient-reported outcomes (PROs). She is also an associate member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Her research focuses on three areas:
- Clinical benefits of using PRO measures (e.g., symptom questionnaires) during routine care delivery
- Testing aggregated PROs as a potential quality of care metric at the practice level
- Barriers and facilitators to implementing PRO measures into routine care delivery
Stover serves as an investigator on several PRO studies funded by PCORI and NIH. For example, she is a co-investigator on a national trial called “Electronic patient reporting of symptoms during outpatient cancer treatment: A national RCT” (IHS-1511-33392). This 50-site, cluster-randomized trial is examining whether chemotherapy patients completing weekly electronic PROs between visits (with automated alerts to nurses) have better clinical outcomes (fewer ER visits, better survival, better quality of life) than usual care. An example of her work on PRO-based performance metrics is as a co-investigator on a study called “Patient-Reported Outcomes-Based Performance Metrics” (ME-1507-32079). This study is testing whether questionnaire scores can be aggregated to the practice level and tested as indicators of care quality.
Prior to her doctoral degree, Stover was one of the original developers of six PROMIS® (Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System ®) item banks assessing mental health and alcohol misuse (U01-AR052155: Pilkonis, University of Pittsburgh). Her publications have been cited over 1,500 times.
Awards and Honors
- International Society for Quality of Life research (ISOQOL): Co-chair of the “PROs in Clinical Practice” special interest group, 2019-2021
- International Society for Quality of Life research (ISOQOL): Oral session chair, Dublin, Ireland 2019
- Michael S. O’Malley Alumni Award for Publication Excellence in Cancer Population Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ($2,000 prize), 2017
- Merit award from the Conquer Cancer Foundation for my work with the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s National PRO Workgroup ($1,000 award), 2016
- Nominated for a research team “ACES” Award for employees (top 1% of 40,000+ employees),University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2007
- Graduate Level Class Marshal for highest master’s level QPA (4.0), University of Pittsburgh, 2002
- Master’s Scholarship Award, University of Pittsburgh, 1998-2002
- Magna Cum Laude and Psi Chi (Psychology Honors Society), Westminster University, 1998
- Research Honors, Westminster University, 1998
- Trustee Scholarship Award, Westminster University, 1994-1998
News and Stories
Using telehealth to regularly report symptoms improved overall well-being for patients with advanced cancer
Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, FASCO, reports that people with advanced cancer who reported their symptoms weekly using an electronic survey had better outcomes compared to those who were evaluated less frequently via in-person clinical visits.