My research interests are assessing health-related quality of life and the quality of medical care and, specifically, how to use health-related quality of life and other patient-reported outcomes to improve the quality of medical care. I have worked in many disease areas and have particular expertise in cancer. I work with faculty in the Department of Medicine, the Department of Health Policy & Management, and the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center to explore the best approaches for using patient-reported outcomes questionnaires to help oncologists manage their patients' quality-of-life issues and needs. The goal of this research is to explore how patient-reported outcomes data can be used to improve the quality of care. Other research interests include studies related to primary care for cancer survivors and development of a website to collect patient-reported outcomes data for use in clinical encounters.
Dr. Snyder researches the quality of cancer care, with a particular focus in two areas:
- Quality of life for cancer patients undergoing treatment and
- Coordination of care between cancer specialists and primary care providers for cancer survivors.
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 is working to develop a website for collecting these questionnaires and linking them with the electronic medical record. In her cancer survivorship research, Dr. Snyder has conducted multiple studies using large databases to examine which physician specialties are involved in cancer survivors’ care, and how this relates to whether survivors receive recommended follow-up. She is also working with a multidisciplinary team here in our Cancer Center to develop survivorship care strategies for our breast cancer patients.
, 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: Â 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.