Joy A. Melnikow, MD, MPH, discusses breast cancer screening model, Aug. 2

This Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center sponsored event hosts Joy A. Melnikow, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research and professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Melnikow’s presentation, “Breast Cancer Screening: Cost-effectiveness and Health Benefits Model,” will demonstrate a model developed to project costs and health benefits of breast cancer screening program policies. This event, located in BICC room 124, starts at 10 a.m. this Thursday, August 2, 2012.

Dr. Melnikow will be discussing the Markov model, which is informed by program claims data, review of published clinical trials, and a user-friendly model interface that incorporates stakeholder suggestions (e.g., new screening technologies, budget issues, and impact of the Affordable Care Act). Users select policy duration, mammography technology distribution, screening frequency and starting age, and choose either a fixed program budget or a target number of participants. This innovative approach aims to help bridge the gap between evidence-based research and health care policy making.

About Dr. Melnikow

Dr. Melnikow is the director of the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research and professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, Davis. She serves on the executive committee for the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, and is a member of the US Preventive Services Task Force. Her research focuses on cancer prevention, women’s health, particularly in regard to decision making and patient preferences, comparative effectiveness, and cost effectiveness.

Questions? Contact Elaine Graham at 503-418-3736.

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