BETHESDA, MdThe National Cancer Institute will provide $16
million over 4 years to the HMO Research Network to expand and
strengthen its cancer research efforts and to initiate studies aimed
at increasing effective cancer prevention and control among enrollees
in health maintenance organizations.
The HMO Research Network, created in 1996, coordinates research
activities among HMO-based researchers. Ten nonprofit managed care
organizations that are members of the HMO network will participate in
the program, which is known as the Cancer Research Network.
Three specific projects are planned: a study of the effectiveness of
HMO smoking cessation activities; an examination of late-stage breast
and cervical cancers to uncover factors, such as screening, that
could help prevent advanced disease; and an efficacy study of
prevention strategies, such as mammography and prophylactic
mastectomy, in women with a personal or family history of breast cancer.
Participating organizations are Group Health Cooperative (Seattle);
the Meyers Primary Care Institute (Worcester, Mass), a part of Fallon
Healthcare System; Harvard-Pilgrim Health Care (Boston);
HealthPartners Research Foundation (Minneapolis); Henry Ford Health
System/Health Alliance Plan (Detroit); and five Kaiser Permanente
divisions, Hawaii (Honolulu), Northern California (Oakland),
Northwest (Portland, Ore), Rocky Mountain (Denver), and Southern