Social determinants (SDOH) are now recognized as playing an important role in health care outcomes. Now more than ever, health care providers are expected to understand the patient's social background, and health care systems are being held accountable for addressing social factors as part of population health management. Health information technology (HIT) is being utilized to increase the efficiency and quality of health care, improve access to care, and enhance the public's health. Therefore, the goal of this study is to develop HIT strategies that can be used to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of identifying SDOH among primary care patients in the MUSC Health Care System.
Outcomes following a breast cancer diagnosis are different by race and ethnicity with African American women having poorer survival compared to Caucasian women. Research has shown that differences in personal health factors can contribute to breast cancer outcomes and explain racial differences. This study will examine how personal-level factors relating to biological, psychological, and physiological issues play a role in outcomes among African American breast cancer survivors.
This study is for men and women with a history of cancer and distress (i.e. anxiety and/or depressive symptoms). The purpose of this research study is to determine the feasibility and effects of a telephone-based, stepped-care mental health intervention (which means that the level of intervention is based on the severity of symptoms) versus enhanced usual care for post-treatment cancer survivors with moderate or severe levels of emotional distress (anxiety and/or depressive symptoms).
It is important to understand multiple personal-level factors that impact disease risks and outcomes to determine the most effective ways to establish precise medical strategies to prevent, diagnose, and treat chronic health conditions and diseases. This is especially important among minority and underserved populations that would benefit from more tailored healthcare approaches. This study will develop and assess strategies for circulating evidence about precision medicine and improving precision medicine approaches.