The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to fund P50 Centers dedicated to advancing a national telehealth research agenda focused on improving cancer-related care and outcomes across the cancer control continuum in a rapidly changing healthcare, policy, technology, and communication environment. Centers are expected to generate and disseminate a robust evidence base for patient-centered, sustainable telehealth models of cancer care delivery.
Centers will foster innovations to improve cancer care delivery by researching real-time, patient-provider telehealth communication using new tools, research methods, and technologies. Each Center will focus on one overarching cancer-focused telehealth research theme that will frame the Center’s scientific activities. Each Center will leverage a clinical practice network able to support multiple cancer-focused telehealth research studies, including two rapid-cycle pilot projects and one large-scale pragmatic randomized control trial. A centerpiece of each Center, the pragmatic trial will evaluate the integration of telehealth-delivered cancer care into a real-world clinical environment, evaluating improvements in patient access, quality of care, patient-provider communication, and health outcomes. Centers will disseminate evidence-based approaches to telehealth-focused cancer care to the broader clinical care and cancer control communities.
Collectively, the P50 Centers on Telehealth Research for Cancer-Related Care will represent a national initiative at the forefront of cancer-related telehealth research committed to improving access to care, care quality, patient-provider communication, and health outcomes across the cancer control continuum.