NIH now requires SBIR and STTR applications be electronically submitted on form SF424 at Grant.gov.
Information & registration: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-05-067.html
Patient-Centered Communication in Cancer Care: Promoting Healing and Reducing Suffering Monograph
Effective patient-clinician communication is central to the delivery of high-quality care. It becomes even more crucial in the cancer setting where patients have to deal with stress, uncertainty, complex information, and life-altering medical decisions. To encourage and inform future research that would help facilitate the delivery of patient-centered communication between cancer patients/family and the health care delivery team(s) across the cancer care continuum, the Outcomes Research Branch (ORB), in collaboration with BRP's Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB), commissioned the Patient-Centered Communication in Cancer Care: Promoting Healing and Reducing Suffering monograph.
Highlights of the monograph include conceptualization of patient-centered communication into six key functions; emphasis on research that examines the relationship between patient-centered communication and patient health outcomes; detailed discussion of potential mediating and moderating mechanisms of the association between communication and patient outcomes; and identification of specific research priorities that would guide the NCI in planning future research initiatives in this important area.