Special Interest Groups

GATE Special Interest Groups bring together interdisciplinary researchers, health care professionals, patients, caregivers and other stakeholders with an interest in cancer patient-centered outcomes research. There are two Special Interest Groups - one focused on cancer survivorship and one on cancer patient navigation. The goal is to connect participants to synthesize existing patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) in their topic area, discuss PCOR research translation and implementation, identify future oncology PCOR research topics and spur cancer-related PCOR research collaborations. These interest groups meet quarterly for members to discuss gaps in existing knowledge, propose research questions to address these gaps, revisit their research agendas, update each other on progress on tasks, exchange information and discuss common issues.

The cancer survivorship Special Interest Group is currently working on a large-scale provider survey to understand how Survivorship care plans (SCP) are delivered and their impact on patient reported outcomes (PROs). The patient navigation Special Interest Group is currently divided into two subcommittees working on measuring return-on-investment for cancer patient navigation and navigating special patient populations (such as those facing recurrence or multiple concurrent diagnoses).

Special Interest Group members also contribute to the GATE more broadly, by providing Research Findings and Practice-Based Insights, suggesting topics for Ask the Expert sessions and serving on panels, writing Q&As and disseminating the GATE.

For more information on the work of the Special Interest Groups, please sign up for our Patient Navigation & Survivorship E-Newsletter.

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If you have specific questions or would like more information about Special Interest Groups, please email cancergate@gwu.edu.