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Claire Snyder, M.H.S., Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Associate Professor of Medicine

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  • Associate Professor
  • Co-Chair, Johns Hopkins Cancer Outcomes & Health Services Research Interest Group
  • Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Oncology

Centers & Institutes

  • Health Services and Outcomes Research, Center for
  • Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center

Research Interests

Quality of life; Coordination of care; Patient-reported outcomes assessment; Quality of medical care; Cancer outcomes and health services research


Dr. Snyder researches the quality of cancer care, with a particular focus in two areas: (1) quality of life for cancer patients undergoing treatment and (2) coordination of care between cancer specialists and primary care providers. For her quality of life research, she is investigating the use of patient-reported outcome questionnaires in routine oncology practice. This intervention involves having patients complete questionnaires regarding their functioning and well-being, providing the responses to their clinicians, and evaluating whether the questionnaires help their clinicians identify and address these quality-of-life issues. In related research, she has developed the PatientViewpoint webtool ( for collecting these questionnaires and linking the results with the electronic medical record. Dr. Snyder has also conducted multiple studies using large databases to examine the quality of care for cancer survivors -- including preventive and primary care services, comorbid condition care, and cancer follow-up. A particular focus is how involvement of different physician specialties relates to whether survivors receive recommended follow-up. She is also working with a multidisciplinary team to develop survivorship care strategies here at Johns Hopkins.


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    • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2005
    • M.H.S., Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, MD, 2000
    • B.A., Duke University, Durham, NC, 1995
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    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    Snyder CF, Blackford AL, Wolff AC, Carducci MA, Herman JM, Wu AW, PatientViewpoint Scientific Advisory Board. Feasibility and Value of PatientViewpoint: A Web System for Patient-Reported Outcomes Assessment in Clinical Practice. Psycho-Oncology. 2013;22:895-901. PMC3415606

    Snyder CF, Jensen RE, Segal JB, Wu AW. Patient-reported Outcomes (PROs): Putting the patient perspective in patient-centered outcomes research. Med Care. 2013;51(8 Suppl 3):S73-9.

    Hughes EF, Wu AW, Carducci MA, Snyder CF. What Can I Do? Recommendations for Responding to Issues Identified by Patient-Reported Outcomes Assessments Used in Clinical Practice. Journal of Supportive Oncology. 2012;10:143-148. PMC3384764

    Snyder CF, Frick KD, Herbert RJ, Blackford AL, Neville BA, Wolff AC, Carducci MA , Earle CC.  Quality of Care for Comorbid Conditions during the Transition to Survivorship: Differences between Cancer Survivors and Non-Cancer Controls. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2013;31:1140-1148.

    Snyder CF, Blackford AL, Aaronson NK, Detmar SB, Carducci MA, Brundage MD, Wu AW. Can Patient-Reported Outcome Measures Identify Cancer Patients' Most Bothersome Issues? Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2011;29:1216-1220.

    Snyder CF, Frick KD, Herbert RJ, Blackford AL, Neville BA, Carducci MA, Earle CC. Preventive Care in Prostate Cancer Patients: Following Diagnosis and for Five-Year Survivors. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. 2011;5:283-291.

    Peairs KS, Wolff AC, Olsen SJ, Bantug ET, Shockney L, Kantsiper ME, Carrino-Tamasi E, Snyder CF. Coordination of Care in Breast Cancer Survivors: An Overview. Journal of Supportive Oncology. 2011;9:210-215.

    Snyder CF, Aaronson NK, Choucair AK, Elliott TE, Greenhalgh J, Halyard MY, Hess R, Miller DM, Reeve BB, Santana M. Implementing Patient-Reported Outcomes Assessment in Clinical Practice: A Review of the Options and Considerations. Quality of Life Research. 2012; 21:1305-1314.

    Snyder CF, Jensen RE, Geller G, Carducci MA, Wu AW. Relevant Content for a Patient-Reported Outcomes Questionnaire for Use in Oncology Clinical Practice: Putting Doctors and Patients on the Same Page. Quality of Life Research. 2010;19:1045-1055.

    Snyder CF, Frick KD, Blackford AL, Herbert RJ, Neville BA, Carducci MA, Earle CC. How Does Initial Treatment Choice Affect Short-Term and Long-Term Costs for Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer? Cancer. 2010;116:5391-5399.

    Peairs KS, Barone B, Snyder CF, Yeh H-C, Stein KB, Derr, RL, Brancati FL, Wolff AC. Diabetes Mellitus and Breast Cancer Outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.  Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2011;29:40-46. PMC3055858

    Kantsiper M, McDonald EL, Geller G, Shockney L, Snyder C, Wolff AC. Transitioning to Breast Cancer Survivorship:   Perspectives of Patients, Cancer Specialists, and Primary Care Providers. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2009;24 Suppl 2:S459-466. PMC2763147

    Snyder CF, Jensen R, Courtin SO, Wu AW, and the Website for Outpatient QOL Assessment Research Network. PatientViewpoint: A Website for Patient-Reported Outcomes Assessment. Quality of Life Research. Â2009;18:793-800. PMC3073983

    Snyder CF, Frick KD, Kantsiper ME, Peairs KS, Herbert RJ, Blackford AL, Wolff AC, Earle CC.   Prevention, Screening, and Surveillance Care for Breast Cancer Survivors vs. Controls:  Changes from 1998-2002. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2009;27:1054-1061.

    Snyder CF, Frick KD, Peairs KS, Kantsiper ME, Herbert RJ, Blackford AL, Wolff AC, Earle CC.  Comparing Care for Breast Cancer Survivors to Non-Cancer Controls: A Five-Year Longitudinal Study. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2009;24:469-474. PMC2659148

    Snyder CF, Dy SM, Hendricks DE, Brahmer JR, Carducci MA, Wolff AC, Wu AW. Asking the Right Questions: Investigating Needs Assessments and Health-Related Quality of Life Questionnaires for Use in Oncology Clinical Practice. Supportive Care in Cancer.  2007;15:1075-1085.

    Snyder CF, Earle CC, Herbert RJ, Neville BA, Blackford AL, Frick KD. Preventive Care for Colorectal Cancer Survivors: A 5-Year Longitudinal Study. Journal of Clinical Oncology.  2008;26:1073-1079.

    Snyder CF, Earle CC, Herbert RJ, Neville BA, Blackford AL, Frick KD. Trends in Follow-Up and Preventive Care for Colorectal Cancer Survivors. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2008;23:254-259. PMC2359475  

    Gotay CC, Lipscomb J, Snyder CF. Reflections on Findings of the Cancer Outcomes Measurement Working Group: Moving to the Next Phase. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 2005;97:1568-1574.

    Snyder C, Anderson G. Do Quality Improvement Organizations Improve the Quality of Hospital Care for Medicare Beneficiaries? JAMA. 2005;293:2900-2907.
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    Lectures and Presentations

    “Do Quality Improvement Organizations Improve the Quality of Hospital Care for Medicare Beneficiaries?"  RAND Corporation. November 8, 2005. Arlington, Virginia.

    “Cancer Communications: What Does the Survivor Want to Know?" National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship Cancer Policy Round Table. March 4-5, 2009. Washington, DC. 

    “Building Bridges for Successful Breast Cancer Survivorship Care." American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting Education Session (Chair and Presenter). June 4-8, 2010. Chicago, Illinois.

    “Monitoring QOL and Symptoms in Cancer Patients." International Society for Quality of Life Research Annual Meeting Symposium. October 27-30, 2010. London, England. 

    “The Many Faces of Generalism: General Internists' Role in Caring for Patients with Cancer in the Medical Home."  Workshop Presenter.  Society for General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting. May 5, 2011. Phoenix, Arizona.

    Invited Discussant.  Emerging Issues in Comparative Effectiveness Research. 2011 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting. June 3-7, 2011. Chicago, Illinois.

    “Building an Infrastructure for Assessing the Patient Perspective." New Strategies for Engaging Consumers in the Development and Use of Evidence. AcademyHealth 2011 Annual Research Meeting. June 12-14, 2011. Seattle, Washington.

    “From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Found in Transition. Mapping the Pathway between Specialty and Primary Care." Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. September 10-11, 2012. New York, New York.

    “Implementing Patient-Reported Outcomes in Clinical Practice: An Expert Panel Discussion of Current Knowledge and Unanswered Questions."   International Society for Quality of Life Research Annual Meeting Symposium. October 24-27, 2012. Budapest, Hungary.

    “Patient-Reported Data Collection in Clinical Practice: Challenges, Opportunities, and Insights." American Medical Informatics Association 2012 Annual Symposium. November 3-7, 2012. Chicago, Illinois.

    “Considerations for Using Patient-Reported Outcomes in Clinical Practice: A Case Study." 6th Meeting of the Iberoamerican Section of the International Society for Quality of Life Research. November 29-December 1, 2012. Goiania, Brazil.

    “Patient-Reported Outcomes and Care Quality: Intervention? Outcome? Adjuster?" Institute for Healthcare Improvement 14th Annual International Summit on Improving Patient Care in the Office Practice and Community. April 9, 2013. Scottsdale, Arizona.

    “PatientViewpoint: A Webtool for Patient-Reported Outcomes Assessment." 2013 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting. June 24, 2013.  Baltimore, Maryland.

    “Using Patient-Reported Outcomes Data to Improve Patient and Clinician Understanding and Use." Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare 2013 Annual Meeting. July 26, 2013. Washington, DC.
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