VCU Massey Cancer Center



The Patient/Community-Centered Outcomes Core (PC-COC) offers consultation and applied research services for investigators involved in cancer research. VCU Massey Cancer Center research members have priority in accessing the core services. Within the Massey research community, priority is given to projects seeking external funding. The Web-based searchable database for identifying behavioral measures is publicly available online free of charge. Compensation for service requests involving time commitment beyond proposal development is written in the grant budget as percent effort throughout the grant period.

Consultation services

  • Qualitative research consultations
  • Quantitative research consultations
  • Multi-method research consultations

Applied research services

  • Qualitative applied research services
  • Quantitative applied research services
    • Project development
    • Project analysis

How does the PC-COC assess opportunities for patient-centered outcomes research?

The PC-COC receives self-initiated requests for concept reviews from investigators who seek to incorporate patient/community-centered outcomes in their protocols. Through the consultation process, PC-COC staff members work with investigators to identify opportunities to expand their outcomes and facilitate their ability to incorporate these outcomes into their research.

Additionally, a protocol-specific needs assessment is conducted in the consultation to determine the level of applied research services required to achieve the protocol aims, such as the need for focus group moderators or data analytic support for qualitative projects. Investigators will also be directed to researchers in other Massey programs with related expertise to facilitate collaboration on grants and manuscripts.