You are here

Polaris Oncology Survivor Transition POST System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 2R42CA174048-03
Agency Tracking Number: R42CA174048
Amount: $1,499,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 100
Solicitation Number: PA14-072
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-09-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-08-31
Small Business Information
Wayne, PA 19087-1611
United States
DUNS: 143621105
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 (508) 329-1454
Business Contact
Phone: (508) 329-1454
Research Institution
WORCESTER, MA 01655-0002
United States

 Nonprofit College or University

DESCRIPTION provided by applicant By January oncology care providers will be expected to craft Survivorship Care Plans SCPs for all individuals ending active treatment for cancer however there is a lack of systematic study of the impact survivorship planning has on patients providers or healthcare systems The Polaris Oncology Survivorship Transition POST program is a web based system that incorporates recommendations from the Institute of Medicine IOM and American College of Surgeons ACS to assist with cancer survivorship planning It is a patient centered approach that integrates input from both the treating oncology team and the patient Phase I built and iteratively modified N the POST system and Phase II will test whether the SCPs impact patient and provider outcomes using a single blind randomized controlled trial RCT Breast cancer patients n transitioning out of active treatment will be recruited and randomly assigned to receive Treatment as Usual n or the POST n All participants will be assessed at and months by a research assistant blind to baseline status and group assignment Primary outcomes will include quality of life mechanisms of action such as confidence in entering survivorship and other outcomes such as psychological distress adherence to medical and behavioral health recommendations health care utilization patient satisfaction with the SCP and their oncologistsandapos care and
oncology provider as well as PCP satisfaction with the POST system The POST will innovate the clinical setting through being the first system to produce computer generated tailored survivorship plans fully reflecting IOM recommendations and the new ACS requirements incorporating information from both the oncology provider and the patient featuring readily available andquot plug inandquot for two way electronic health record integration providing dynamic electronic referrals for specialized support services and facilitating care coordination between the oncologist and PCP This studyandapos s impact will be significant If hypotheses are confirmed clear scientific evidence will exist for supporting survivorship care planning into oncology clinical practice If hypotheses are disconfirmed important lessons will guide future directions for care planning including whether failure to affect outcomes was due to failure to impact several hypothesized mechanisms of action Commercial interest in the POST is brisk as it may facilitate survivorship planning improve care and improve compliance with accreditation standards PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE The POSTandapos s public health impact is likely to be substantial because it will improve cancer survivorship planning which is currently an important deficiency in cancer care recognized by the Institute of Medicine and the American College of Surgeons The POST may have many potential benefits for patients such as improved long term health outcomes improved psychosocial outcomes and quality of life smoother transitions back into old and new life roles and improved continuity and coordination of care between providers Most importantly the POSTandapos s influence may reach beyond the patients it directly serves as it could help scientists and health care providers understand the potential benefits of cancer survivorship planning and how to best design and implement survivorship planning when patients are ending treatment for cancer

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government