Between 1999 and 2004, the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Cancer Information Service's (CIS) Research Initiative supported over 50 research projects representing a broad range of activities from research capacity building, development, implementation to diffusion and dissemination. These research activities are represented in the CIS Research Continuum Framework which the authors describe through a number of short case studies. Based on the experiences and successes of the CIS, other professionals working in the cancer field might consider establishing collaborative relationships across the research continuum and participating in research that has relevancy to advances in cancer education.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The National Cancer Institute (NCI) supported four innovative demonstration research projects, "The Digital Divide Pilot Projects," to test new strategies for disseminating health information via computer to vulnerable consumers. These projects involved active research collaborations between the NCI's Cancer Information Service (CIS) and regional cancer control researchers to field test new approaches for enhancing cancer communication in vulnerable communities. The projects were able to use computers to successfully disseminate relevant cancer information to vulnerable populations. These demonstration research projects suggested effective new strategies for using communication technologies to educate underserved populations about cancer prevention, control, and care.
Journal of Cancer Education 02/2007; 22(1 Suppl):S56-60. DOI:10.1080/08858190701348414 · 1.23 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The need for accurate and relevant cancer information continues to grow worldwide. While healthcare professionals are the preferred source of cancer information, their time is limited, and patients are often not sure what to ask and their questions do not always come to mind in the physician's office. In its 30-year history, the National Cancer Institute's (NCI's) Cancer Information Service (CIS) has shown that it can increase users' confidence in their ability to seek more information, understand the causes and risk factors for cancer, and participate in decisions about their treatment. In 1996 the International Cancer Information Service Group (ICISG) was formed to facilitate the development of CIS programs throughout the world. A network of nearly 50 cancer organizations from 30 countries, the ICISG strives to provide its member organizations with standards and resources to ensure that the cancer information is of high quality, credible, and up-to-date and that it is delivered in a personal manner that complements and supports the patient/physician relationship. The ICISG offers worldwide resources that can augment the healthcare professionals' offering of information and support to cancer patients and their families.
Journal of Cancer Education 02/2007; 22(1 Suppl):S61-9. DOI:10.1080/08858190701348448 · 1.23 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: As a collaboratory for cancer communication and education research, the National Cancer Institute's (NCIs) Cancer Information Service (CIS) is in an ideal position to bridge the critical chasm that exists between service and research. This article describes the CIS' current research program as well as the CIS Research Agenda launched in 2005. The CIS' progress in developing and supporting recently funded studies that address this agenda is detailed. The unique resources and opportunities available to researchers, public health practitioners, health care providers, and community-based organizations interested in developing collaborative cancer communication and cancer education studies with the CIS are identified and described and an invitation to collaborate is extended.
Journal of Cancer Education 02/2007; 22(1 Suppl):S49-55. DOI:10.1080/08858190701348398 · 1.23 Impact Factor
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