While Kelsey will work on many research projects, one example of the type of work she is doing is the Patient Experience Protocol: A Pilot Study of Underserved Populations at the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University (PI: Ruiz). This study collects demographic and clinical information from several underserved populations receiving care at the CCC, including: Hispanics, African
Americans, young adults, rural, and uninsured patients. The survey also assess many other important domains such as: patient-provider communication, quality and satisfaction of care, medical mistrust, medical decision making, perceived needs of patients, as well as knowledge and perception of clinical trials.
The data we collect from this pilot study will assist in future program development, intervention design, and community education. With the addition of Kelsey to OCHE, several new research studies with an emphasis on cancer disparities and under-served populations will soon be under way!