Postdoctoral student receives grant for patient-reported outcomes research

September 25, 2012
Ashley Leak, PhD, RN, Cancer Care Quality Training postdoctoral fellow in health policy and management, was awarded $25,000 by the not-for-profit organization Health Assessment Laboratory (HAL) to support her work on patient-reported outcomes research.
 
Dr. Ashley Leak

Dr. Ashley Leak

Leak, who is also adjunct assistant professor in the UNC School of Nursing, works under the mentorship of Bryce Reeve, PhD, associate professor of health policy and management at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Claudio Battagllini, PhD, associate professor of exercise and sports science in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences.

 
The award allows Leak to continue her research on older adults with cancer through the study, “The Effects of Exercise on Patient-Reported Outcomes in Newly Diagnosed Adults with Acute Leukemia during Induction Treatment: Exercise and Quality of Life in Leukemia Patients (EQUAL) Phase II Trial.”
 
The research will provide information on the impact of exercise on symptomatology, with focus on depression, fatigue and sleep disturbances. The HAL grant expands the work on acute leukemia conducted at N.C. Cancer Hospital by Dr. Battaglini and colleagues. (See a 2009 article in Integrative Cancer Therapies.)
 
Dr. Leak is a 2012-2013 recipient of the Alvin R. Tarlov & John E. Ware Jr. Doctoral Dissertation and Postdoctoral Award in Patient-Reported Outcomes. This study expands her clinical and research interests and, she says, furthers her “overarching goal to assist older adults with cancer in managing symptoms to improve their physical, mental and functional well-being.”
 
Other co-investigators for the study include faculty members and students in nursing, exercise and sports science, public health, and at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
 
Read more about Leak online.

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