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Susan Eggly

Susan Eggly, Ph.D, is a communication scientist and Associate Professor at the Karmanos Cancer Institute and the Population Studies and Disparities Program in the Department of Oncology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Eggly received her PhD in communication science at Wayne State University. Her research and teaching focus on improving outcomes for patients and families through better understanding and improving patient-provider communication. Her research has focused on the medical contexts of cancer, primary care, end of life care, and pediatrics.  She has ongoing, NIH-funded research in the areas of clinical communication and outcomes related to clinical trials, health disparities, decision-making, and end of life care. Her most recent studies examine ways in which patient and physician beliefs and attitudes (including race-based attitudes) affect the way patients and physicians communicate about cancer treatment, and, in turn, affect treatment decisions. In a recently-funded R01 from the National Cancer Institute, Dr. Eggly and her team are conducting a multi-level intervention (patient, physician, patient-physician interaction) designed to increase rates at which African American and White men with prostate cancer decide to participate in clinical trials, based on high-quality communication with their physician. 

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