RTI International is working with the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to develop ways to improve cancer care communication.

The effort is funded by a three-year contract valued at nearly $900,000 funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute or PCRORI. Researchers will conduct a longitudinal survey of more than 1,000 colorectal cancer patients, inquiring about their experiences in cancer care, particularly the communication in that care.

Researchers will also develop survey measures that can be used to examine the effectiveness of health care efforts intended to improve the quality of care. RTI and UNC will collaborate with patient advocacy group Fight Colorectal Cancer as well as other stakeholders.

“This project was selected for PCORI funding not only for its scientific merit but also for its potential to fill an important gap in our health knowledge and ultimately help patients and those who care for them make more fully informed decisions about their care,” PCORI Executive Director Dr. Joe Selby said in a statement.