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Antonia Bennett, PhD

Antonia Bennett

Antonia Bennett, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management
Faculty Director
UNC Patient-Reported Outcomes Core (PRO Core)
  • 1106A McGavran-Greenberg Hall
  • CB# 7411
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411
Dr. Antonia Bennett is a health services researcher and patient-reported outcomes methodologist. Her research investigates valid and reliable approaches for assessing patient-reported outcomes in longitudinal studies, in particular symptoms, physical function and quality of life.

Currently, her research is focused on the use of patient-reported outcome measures in patient populations where dementia may be present. The objective is to determine at what level of cognitive impairment can patients no longer provide valid and reliable responses. The findings will guide the design of symptom and quality of life assessment in clinical trials of older adult populations.

Dr. Bennett is a Director of the Measurement Core of the NINR-supported Palliative Care Research Cooperative.

Dr. Bennett’s research also tests novel methods of assessment. During the development and validation of the NCI Patient Reported Outcomes version of the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (PRO-CTCAE), she led the evaluation of mode-equivalence across the tablet, IVRS, and paper forms of the PRO-CTCAE. She is also investigating the potential value of activity trackers and other wearable device data in clinical trials and clinical care.

Dr. Bennett is Faculty Director of the UNC Patient-Reported Outcomes Core (PRO Core), and a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Honors and Awards

Donna K. Lamping Emerging Leader Award

2014, International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL)

Research Activities

  • Implementation of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and other forms of patient-generated health data (PGHD) in clinical practice and clinical trials
  • Outcomes assessment in palliative care populations
  • Survey methodology; and strategies for electronic administration of PRO
  • Analysis of longitudinal PRO data
  • Qualitative research and psychometrics for the validation of PROs

Key Publications

A Library of Instruments Endorsed by Published Systematic Reviews for Assessing Patients and Their Care Developed by the Palliative Care Research Cooperative. A Bennett, S Lee, S Drier, K Wessell, L Hanson (2017). Journal of palliative medicine.

Mode equivalence and acceptability of tablet computer-, interactive voice response system-, and paper-based administration of the U.S. National Cancer Institute's Patient-Reported Outcomes version of the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (PRO-CTCAE). A Bennett, A Dueck, S Mitchell, T Mendoza, B Reeve, T Atkinson, K Castro, A Denicoff, L Rogak, J Harness, J Bearden, D Bryant, R Siegel, D Schrag, E Basch (2016). Health and quality of life outcomes, 14(1), 24.

Evaluation of pedometry as a patient-centered outcome in patients undergoing hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT): A comparison of pedometry and patient-reports of symptoms, physical activity, health, and quality of life. Bennett AV, Reeve BB, Basch E, Mitchell SA, Meeneghan M, Battaglini M, Smith-Ryan A, Phillips B, Shea TC, Wood WA. (2015). Qual Life Res. DOI: 10.1007/s11136-015-1179-0. View on PubMed.

Electronic patient-reported outcome systems in oncology clinical practice. Bennett AV, Jensen RE, Basch E.  (2012). CA Cancer J Clin, 62(5), 336-347. View on PubMed.


BA, China Studies, Wellesley College, 2000

MA, Geography, University of Washington, 2004

PhD, Health Services Research, University of Washington, 2010

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