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

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  • Program Director, Building Lifestyle, Outcomes, and Care Services Research in Cancer (BLOCS)
  • Professor of Medicine

Research Interests

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

Background

Dr. Snyder’s research focuses on the quality of cancer care, with emphasis in two areas: quality of life for cancer patients and cancer survivorship care.  She is Director of the Johns Hopkins Program for Building Lifestyle, Outcomes, and Care Services Research in Cancer (BLOCS). She is widely published in high-impact journals and has received competitive, peer-reviewed funding from the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Dr. Snyder has held various leadership positions in international organizations focused on quality-of-life and quality-of-care.  She is a past president of the International Society for Quality of Life Research. For the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), she served on the Health Services Committee, Quality of Care Committee, Survivorship Care Planning Task Force, and Patient-Reported Outcomes Panel.

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Titles

  • Program Director, Building Lifestyle, Outcomes, and Care Services Research in Cancer (BLOCS)
  • Professor of Medicine
  • Professor of Oncology

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes

Education

Degrees

  • B.A.; Duke University (North Carolina) (1995)
  • M.H.S.; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Maryland) (2000)
  • Ph.D.; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Maryland) (2005)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Snyder researches the quality of cancer care, with a particular focus in two areas: (1) quality of life for cancer patients and (2) cancer survivorship care.

For her quality-of-life research, she is investigating the use of patient-reported outcome questionnaires in routine oncology practice so that patients’ reports of their symptoms, functioning, and well-being can inform their care in the same way that laboratory tests and imaging studies do. This intervention involves having patients complete questionnaires and providing the responses to their clinicians. Dr. Snyder’s research has investigated technologies to collect patients’ reports and integrate them with the electronic health record, informed the selection of questionnaires to administer, and helped patients and clinicians understand the questionnaire results to address them in practice. Dr. Snyder’s quality-of-life research also seeks to optimize the collection and communication of patients’ reports in clinical trials and other research studies. Dr. Snyder currently leads the PROTEUS Consortium (Patient-Reported Outcomes Tools: Engaging Users & Stakeholders), which is partnering with key patient, clinician, research, health system, funding, and regulatory groups from the U.S. and internationally to promote systematic use of methodologic tools developed to optimize the capture and communication of patient-reported outcomes in research studies and clinical care.

In her cancer survivorship research, Dr. Snyder 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 working with a multidisciplinary team here in our Cancer Center to develop survivorship care strategies. She has also studied interventions, such as survivorship care plans, to improve coordination between primary care providers and cancer specialists. Dr. Snyder co-chairs the Cancer Control & Intervention Working Group of the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study.

Contact for Research Inquiries

Phone: 443-287-5469

Videos & Media

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Dr. Claire Snyder Discusses How Patient-Reported Outcomes Can Improve Cancer Care

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