Politi receives funds to support decisions in cancer survivors

Mary PolitiMary Politi, PhD, associate professor of surgery in the Division of Public Health Sciences, has received a three-year, $700,000 grant from the American Cancer Society. The grant, Supporting Cancer Patients Health Insurance Decisions, aims to help cancer patients find a health insurance plan that best meets their health and financial needs. Aimee James, PhD, MPH; Esther Lu, PhD; Kenneth Carson, MD; and Timothy McBride, PhD, are all co-investigators. Politi and colleagues will interview cancer survivors about their experience with medical insurance, the financial burden placed on the patient and family members, and specific needs and priorities when shopping for insurance. Data from the interviews will help modify an existing decision support tool, personalizing it so it captures the unique challenges cancer patients face such as the high cost of medications and the challenges with limited networks. Through a 3-arm randomized trial, the decision support tool will be evaluated compared to a generic tool and usual care.