Center & Institute Affiliations
quality of life; quality of care; cancer; patient-reported outcomes; cancer survivorship
Experiences & Accomplishments
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 over 50 patient, clinician, research, health system, industry, government, policy, 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 investigates which physician specialties are involved in cancer survivors’ care, and how this relates to whether survivors receive recommended follow-up. She has also studied interventions, such as survivorship care plans, to improve coordination between primary care providers and cancer specialists. She is working with a multidisciplinary team here in our Cancer Center to develop survivorship care strategies. Dr. Snyder co-chairs the Cancer Control & Intervention Working Group of the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study.
Honors & Awards
2004 National Institutes of Health Merit Award “for advancing the science in cancer outcomes measurement in research and applications to improve the quality of cancer care”
Member, Delta Omega Honor Society
2016 Sabra Woolley Outstanding Oral Presentation Award: Smith KC, Bantug ET, Tolbert E, Blackford A, Brundage MD, Snyder CF, PRO Data Presentation Stakeholder Advisory Board. Presenting Patient-Reported Outcomes (PROs) So That They Can Actually Be Understood by Patients and their Clinicians. 2016 Health Literacy Research Conference. October 13-14, 2016. Bethesda, Maryland. (abstract presented by Dr. Smith)
2020 1st Place, Article-of-the-Year, Quality of Life Research: Snyder C, Smith K, Holzner B, Rivera Y, Bantug E, Brundage M, PRO Data Presentation Delphi Panel. Making a Picture Worth a Thousand Numbers: Recommendations for Graphically Displaying Patient-Reported Outcomes Data. Qual Life Res. 2019;28:345-56.