June 24, 2020

Dr. Eggly research team win 2020 Telly Awards

Susan Eggly, Ph.D., professor and a member of the Population Studies and Disparities Research Program at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and the Wayne State University School of Medicine, and her research team were recognized with gold and silver 2020 Telly Awards.

The accolades were given for the Partnering Around Cancer Clinical Trials, or PACCT, informational video. The gold was won in the category of Non-Broadcast: Employee Communications and the silver for Non-Broadcast: General Recruitment.

The Telly Awards honor excellence in local, regional and cable television commercials, as well as non-broadcast video and television programming. The annual awards showcase the best work created across video for all screens, selected from more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. Telly Award winners

Susan Eggly, Ph.D.

represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers around the world.

The winning video was created as part of a training module designed to improve the way health care providers communicate with patients and their family members about clinical trials. It is part of the larger PACCT research initiative, a National Cancer Institute-funded award, which aims to increase clinical trial rates in a diverse patient population. The overall goal of the study is to test two communication interventions, one for patients and another for physicians, as a way to increase rates at which African American and White men with prostate cancer make informed decisions to participate in clinical trials. Designed to encourage physicians to offer trials to all eligible patients using high-quality, patient-centered communication, an earlier version of the PACCT provider training module was delivered throughout the 16 Karmanos network locations in Michigan, with positive results. The latest training modules will soon be nationally available.

The use of video is central to PACCT research. With permission from patients, family members and providers, clinical interactions are recorded and reviewed as a way to better understand and improve patient-physician communication. In addition, videos from these interactions are re-enacted and used to provide evidence-based instruction to both providers and patients.

Taping clinical interactions requires a great deal of time and organization from the research team. Dr. Eggly, principal investigator for PACCT, explained, “We are honored and privileged to have the cooperation and participation of so many clinicians, patients and family members. Their participation helps us to analyze and improve communication, which will improve cancer care.”

PACCT is funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute. Johns Hopkins School of Medicine/Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer also serves as a research site and oversaw the production of the video, with the script and planning from the Wayne State University School of Medicine and Karmanos Cancer Institute.

In addition to Dr. Eggly, the team from Wayne State University School of Medicine and Karmanos Cancer Institute includes Lauren Hamel, Ph.D., assistant professor of Oncology; Elisabeth Heath, M.D., professor of Oncology; Mark Manning, Ph.D., assistant professor of Oncology; Terrance Albrecht, Ph.D.,  professor of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences, and associate center director of Population Sciences at the Karmanos Cancer Institute; Ellen Barton, Ph.D., WSU professor of English; Mark Wojda, Oncology research assistant; Tanina Foster, Ph.D., researcher with Population Studies and Disparities Research; Seongho Kim, Ph.D., associate professor of Oncology; Nicole Senft, Ph.D.; researcher; and Louis Penner, Ph.D., professor of Oncology; in addition to several researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine/Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer.

Courtesy of KCI