Bill Carpenter Research Talk on the Study of Cancer and Cancer Care

March 27, 2019
12pm - 1pm
Location
Tyler Hall, Room 322
300 James Blair Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Access & Features
  • Free food

Please join us for a research talk by Bill Carpenter, MHA, Ph.D., on "Studying Cancer Care to Understand Healthcare More Broadly: Topics in Cancer-focused Research Including Racial Disparities, Comparative Effectiveness Research, Big Data, and a Framework and Model for Research Using Secondary Data."  Dr. Carpenter is Senior Research Investigator in the University of North Carolina (UNC) Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at UNC's Gillings School of Global Public Health. His research focuses on "racial disparities in cancer prevention, treatment, and outcomes; cancer care quality; innovation diffusion; and geographic variation in cancer care and patient participation in cancer clinical trials." He has 90 peer-reviewed publications in these areas, including JAMA, JAMA Oncology, BMC Health Services Research, Epidemiology, Cancer, and the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research, among others. Dr. Carpenter has received funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Cancer Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.

Cancer is a group of diseases that affects us all - Americans experience a 40% lifetime risk of being diagnosed with it. This year, 1,760,000 people (45,400 in Virginia) will be diagnosed with cancer; 607,000 (15,200) will die from it; 18,000,000 people will be living as a cancer survivor; and over $157 billion will be spent on cancer care. These statistics alone speak to the importance of studying cancer to inform and advance cancer-focused health care policy and practice; coupled with its complexity, understanding cancer care yields important insights into the US healthcare system more broadly. Indeed, over a longitudinal course commonly spanning years or even decades, most cancer patients will experience iterative and cyclical elements of both acute care and chronic care and will engage with a wide range of medical specialties and health professions including medicine, surgery, diagnostic and therapeutic radiology, clinical labs, pharmacy, nursing, social work, physical and occupational therapy, nutrition, and social work, among many others. Moreover, factors associated with cancer care quality and outcomes span the continuum from prevention and early detection through diagnosis, acute treatment, and long-term surveillance and follow-up, sometimes including additional acute treatment. This presentation will discuss recent research studies specific to cancer care but relevant for all healthcare, with a focus on racial disparities, innovation diffusion, comparative effectiveness research, as well as "big data" and research data models for population-based healthcare research.

Lunch will be provided. To RSVP, please click here.

Dr. Carpenter's lecture is sponsored by William & Mary's Schroeder Center for Health Policy.