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Iowa Doctoral Student to Lead Study of Adolescent, Young Adult Cancer Patients

Ms. Erin Mobley, a doctoral student in the department of health management and policy in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, has been awarded a concept grant from the Iowa Cancer Consortium to identify and help address gaps in care experienced by adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients. Mobley serves as principal investigator on the $5,000 project that will use mixed-methods research.

[Photo: Ms. Erin Mobley]

The Iowa Cancer Consortium is a partnership of more than 300 health care providers, public health professionals, caregivers, researchers, cancer survivors, volunteers and other Iowans who work together to reduce the burden of cancer in the state. Through collaboration, the consortium enhances partners’ abilities to address cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and quality of life in Iowa.

AYA patients are between the ages of 13 and 31 and experience unique needs and challenges during and after cancer treatment. The University of Iowa’s AYA Program, established about a year ago, is in the process of gathering information from patients who have been treated at the Stead Family Children’s Hospital and the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

This seven-month project will analyze information collected directly from AYA patients to inform program leadership about gaps in current care and ways to help determine subsequent programming and interventions to improve care for AYA patients. The analyses include qualitative data from focus groups and quantitative data from surveys administered to patients. By using a mixed-methods approach to study the needs of this population, the project team hopes to provide significant insight to understand what can be done to enhance quality of life for this group of cancer patients locally, as well as AYA patients elsewhere in Iowa and nationally.

To follow the work of this project, use #AYAcancerIowa.