Dr. Jennifer Malin's research focuses on developing the tools to measure the quality of cancer care. She is interested in learning why cancer patients do not always get the best available treatment and what can be done to improve the quality of cancer care.
Malin is currently working on developing a national cancer monitoring system in the Veteran’s Administration (VA) and developing toolkits to improve the quality of cancer care. In addition, she is collaborating with other VA investigators on a study of the quality of supportive and end of life care in the VA. She is an investigator in CanCORS, a study sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) that is prospectively studying the patterns of care and outcomes of a population-based cohort of patients newly diagnosed with lung and colorectal cancer.
From 2005-2007, Malin was Director of Global Health Economics at Amgen where her research focused on the effectiveness and pharmacoeconomics of supportive care for patients undergoing cancer therapy. Prior to joining Amgen, she was co-principal investigator for the National Initiative on Cancer Care Quality, a prototype for measuring quality for cancer patients sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She has helped lead efforts to develop quality measures for common malignancies, including breast cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer, and consulted for the Institute of Medicine and the NCI regarding quality measurement for cancer patients.
Selected Cancer-Related Publications:
Potosky AL, Malin JL, Kim B, Chrischilles EA, Makgoeng SB, Howlader N, Weeks JC. Use of colony-stimulating factors with chemotherapy: opportunities for cost savings and improved outcomes. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2011 Jun 22;103(12):979-82. Epub 2011 Jun 13
Dy SM, Lorenz KA, O'Neill SM, Asch SM, Walling AM, Tisnado D, Antonio AL, Malin JL. Cancer Quality-ASSIST supportive oncology quality indicator set: feasibility, reliability, and validity testing. Cancer. 2010 Jul 1;116(13):3267-75.
Malin JL, Diamant AL, Leake B, Liu Y, Thind A, Kahn KL, Schneider EC, Epstein AM, Maly RC. Quality of care for breast cancer for uninsured women in california under the breast and cervical cancer prevention treatment act. J Clin Oncol. 2010 Jul 20;28(21):3479-84. Epub 2010 Jun 7
Malin JL. Wrestling with the high price of cancer care: should we control costs by individuals' ability to pay or society's willingness to pay? J Clin Oncol. 2010 Jul 10;28(20):3212-4. Epub 2010 May 24
Malin JL, Schneider EC, Epstein AM, Adams J, Emanuel EJ, Kahn KL. Results of the National Initiative for Cancer Care Quality: how can we improve the quality of cancer care in the United States? J Clin Oncol. 2006 Feb 1;24(4):626-34. Epub 2006 Jan 9