Disseminating State-Of-The-Art Cancer Treatment Information: The Formative Evaluation of the Physician Data Query System Gary L. Kreps
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is a federal agency, one of 13 research institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The mission of the NIH is to improve the health of Americans by increasing understanding of the processes underlying human health and by developing new knowledge about prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. A major objective of the NCI is to reduce the 1980 cancer death rate in the United States in half by the year 2000. The Physician Data Query (PDQ) system was developed as a major component of this effort to reduce cancer mortality by increasing the use of stateof-the-art cancer treatment strategies.