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Sara J. Knight, PhD
San Francisco VA Medical Center
UCSF Departments of Psychiatry and Urology

Research Interests: measurement of patient preferences and comprehensive outcomes

Dr. Knight joined the San Francisco VA Medical Center and UCSF Departments of Psychiatry and Urology where her effort is directed toward improving the assessment of patient preferences for use in individual decision-making in prostate cancer treatment. Her research is directed to improving the measurement of patient preferences and comprehensive outcomes in prostate cancer care, particularly in ethnic minority and low socioeconomic status populations. She has developed and evaluated methods for the measurement of quality of life, patient involvement in and satisfaction with medical care, and patient treatment preferences, and in the evaluation of new technologies (e.g., Internet, CD ROM) in treatment decision-making. She has served as the Co-Principal Investigator of a project that will evaluate the clinical use of a decision analytic model for localized prostate cancer. She is the Principal Investigator on a NCI funded project funded to develop and evaluate an Internet-based physician education program on end-of-life care. Her recent work at UCSF and SFVAMC focuses on an innovative approach to the assessment of patient preferences for treatment in localized prostate cancer care.


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