Health services research is conducted at the American Cancer Society under the auspices of the Surveillance and Health Services Research program. This program performs surveillance of, and conducts research on, cancer treatment and outcomes. Specifically, this research program seeks to:

  • Conduct research that provides evidence for American Cancer Society policy and program initiatives;
  • Identify critical gaps in evaluating and improving quality of care and to take leadership in policy and technical initiatives to address these gaps; and
  • Examine the influence of health policies and systems on utilization of cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, supportive services, and palliative care.

Society researchers conducting health services research are best known for their studies of the association between health insurance status and stage at diagnosis using data from the National Cancer Database (NCDB), but also use SEER-Medicare and other resources to examine associations between demographic and socioeconomic factors and cancer treatment and survival.