Economics is the science of human behavior in
relation to choice. Cancer is a disease that involves
many perplexing treatment choices. The emerging field of Cancer Economics
examines the burden of cancer, as well as the choices patients must make and how they make them. For
example, do cancer patients place different values on different health-related
quality of life domains--such as pain, fatigue, and
depression--than non-cancer patients? The
primary goal of this lab is to "listen" to patients' preferences
that we can better understand the burden of cancer and the
treatments. This knowledge is critical for medical-decision making,
recommendations, and health policy, and, most importantly, the
promotion and development of decision aids that incorporate the
patient perspective. Dr. Craig and lab members consistently
and systematically achieve this goal by conducting online surveys, economic
evaluations, and secondary data analyses on a wide range of
cancer-related topics. Dr. Craig
has collaborated with a diverse group of peers (Moffitt Cancer
Center researchers as well as national and international
researchers) on a variety of funded and unfunded projects.
Dr. Craig is the director of Craig Lab. In September 2011 the National Cancer Institute (NCI) awarded Dr. Craig a 5-year NIH R01 grant (R01CA160104) to conduct a national valuation study of the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System--assessment tools that measure patient-reported health status--which was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Click here
Benjamin M. Craig, Ph.D.
Associate Member, Department of Health Outcomes and Behavior, Moffitt Cancer Center
Associate Professor of Economics at the University of South Florida
Craig Lab provided support to Dr. Brandon with his NCI-funded (R01-CA134347) study examining the cost-effectiveness of extended self-help booklets for smoking cessation. Prior to this research, Craig Lab provided support to his analysis of the cost-effectiveness of relapse-prevention booklets as adjunct to a tobacco quitline (R01-CA137357).
Thomas H. Brandon, Ph.D.
Chair, Program Leader, and Senior Member, Department of Health Outcomes and Behavior
Moffitt Cancer Center
Cecile A. Lengacher, RN, PhD, FAAN
Faculty Member, Health Outcomes and Behavior Program, Breast Cancer Clinical Program and Population Sciences Division, Moffitt Cancer Center
Professor and Director of the BS-PhD Program, College of Nursing at the University of South Florida
Anthony M. Magliocco, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., F.C.A.P. Michael A. Poch, M.D. Damon R. Reed, M.D.
Chair, Anatomic Pathology and Executive Director of Esoteric Laboratory Services
Moffitt Cancer Center
Craig Lab and Dr. Pidala developed an instrument to survey oncologists and hematologists using best-worst scaling of clinical vignettes that described a variety of patient characteristics to assess referral practices for hematopoietic cell transplantation (abstract).
Joseph A. Pidala, M.D., M.S.
Assistant Member, Blood and Marrow Transplant Department, Moffitt Cancer Center
Craig Lab recently collaborated with Dr. Poch on an American Cancer Society grant proposal, “Bladder Cancer: Association of smoking status and tumor stage and grade by cotinine levels” and, most recently, on the submission of an NIH R01 proposal to examine the burden of adverse events experienced by men treated for prostate cancer.
Assistant Member, Department of Geniotourinary Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center
Craig Lab and Dr. Reed examined pregnancy preferences (abstract) and are actively collecting data in an online survey to assess the association between meningioma and pregnancy. Specifically, U.S. women age 18 and older who have had a meningioma in the past are being asked about their meningioma diagnosis(es) and treatment, whether or not they want or plan to have additional children (if possible), and whether or not having had (or currently having) a meningioma influences their pregnancy decisions. Additionally, Craig Lab is actively involved in the Adolescent Young Adult (AYA) program at Moffitt, directed by Dr. Reed.
Assistant Member, Sarcoma Program, Moffitt Cancer Center
Michael A. Poch, M.D.
Damon R. Reed, M.D.