September 12, 2018
Sitha Dy, HCIF’s PURC intern recently completed her Doctorate of Nursing dissertation presentation and defense on active surveillance at Thomas Jefferson University. You can read a short recap of her dissertation as well as view her poster presentation below. We want to thank Sitha for all her work at HCIF and congratulate her on this wonderful achievement!
The practice inquiry research project was aimed at understanding and characterizing the utilization of active surveillance as a treatment option for men with low-risk prostate cancer among providers participating in the Pennsylvania Urologic Regional Collaborative (PURC). The Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF), the coordinating center for PURC, provided a hub of over 100 urology providers across nine counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and over 7,000 urologic patients. The design of this research was a combination of a descriptive survey study and an analysis of the PURC data registry. An electronic survey was distributed to PURC providers to seek information in regard to their active surveillance practice. An analysis of the PURC data registry information was completed to characterize how PURC providers were following patients on active surveillance.