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PROSPR - Population-based Research to Optimize the Screening Process

PROSPR is a network that is conducting research to better understand how to improve the cancer screening process (recruitment, screening, diagnosis, referral for treatment) in community healthcare settings. Current PROSPR projects are exploring cervical, colorectal, and lung cancers and are funded through the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about PROSPR.

METRICS - Multilevel Optimization of the Cervical Cancer Screening Process in Diverse Settings & Populations

Guidelines for the screening and treatment of cervical cancer are becoming more complex with the introduction of new tests and prevention methods, specifically the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and HPV testing. The METRICS Center, one of three specialized cancer research centers under the PROSPR Healthcare Delivery Research Program, will examine how programs and policies influence the care that women receive, the ideal personalized screening strategy for women with lower or higher cancer risk (such as HIV+), and the impact of pilot interventions to improve care, with a focus on reducing disparities.

The goals of the METRICS Center are to:

  • Understand delivery and outcomes of cervical screening from 2010–2021 as practiced in three heterogeneous healthcare settings with diverse populations.
  • Identify multilevel factors and screening disparities with a focus on:
    • at what level variation in screening processes occurs
    • programs and policies that influence screening adherence, and
    • precision screening for key subgroups with altered risk.
  • Lead and participate in collaborative trans-organ research to evaluate and optimize cervical, colorectal, and lung cancer screening.


METRICS studies the delivery of cervical cancer screening in three diverse healthcare systems that represent different geographic US locations (southwest, northwest, and northeast) and different healthcare delivery models (safety-net, mixed model managed care, and primary care provider networks):

METRICS Projects

Learn more about the METRICS Projects on our Research page.