National effort to improve patient outcomes to enhance cancer implementation science research

The University of Florida Health is among 42 health systems nationwide chosen by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, or PCORI, to carry out pioneering initiatives to accelerate the implementation of practice-changing research results in clinical care to improve patient outcomes.

Ramzi Salloum, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Shenkman, Ph.D.

UF Health’s new involvement in the PCORI Health Systems Implementation Initiative, or HSII, will provide opportunities to enhance ongoing cancer population and implementation science research at the UF Health Cancer Center. In partnership with the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Cancer Center will leverage the Citizen Science Program to support cancer-related PCORI activities.

Members of the Cancer Center with expertise in cancer implementation science, such as Ramzi Salloum, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Shenkman, Ph.D., who lead the CTSI’s Learning Health System Initiative, will enhance HSII activities. The Cancer Center’s experience in implementation science developed through cancer-relevant projects can also be translated and transferred into clinical domains. Additionally, the Cancer Center’s development and support of clinical trials infrastructure can be leveraged for HSII.

Furthermore, the OneFlorida+ Network, which integrates research across UF Health and the Cancer Center, will play an essential role in sharing research findings from the initiative throughout Florida and beyond.

The Cancer Center has received key support for these research initiatives through the Casey DeSantis Cancer Research Act (Fla. Stat. § 381.915).

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