Dan Reuland, Alison Brenner, and Group Pursuing Research to Improve Cancer Screening

We are featuring research from the Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology for the month of April. Read on to find out about studies led by faculty in the division including an investigation on aspirin dosing for coronary heart disease patients, the development of an online, interactive decision aid for alcohol use, a study that looks at the influences that patient and family engagement have on care, and research to improve cancer screening. Janet Rubin, MD Vice Chair for Research

Dr. Dan Reuland’s research program aims to narrow the gap between what evidence suggests health care should do and what happens in the real world. This includes identifying ways to improve health in vulnerable populations, such as those with language, cultural, and literacy barriers. In recent years, his research has focused on making cancer screening more appropriate, patient-centered, and effective through better communication, shared decision making, and patient support. He is currently principal investigator of a multi-site, clinical trial testing the effects of patient decision support and navigation on colorectal cancer screening in community health centers in North Carolina and New Mexico. His current research also includes multi-disciplinary projects aimed at implementing new lung cancer screening guidelines in ways that promote informed and shared decision making and that optimize net benefit (benefits minus harms) at the population level.

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