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The Behavioral Measurement Shared Resource (BMSR) provides a continuum of services, including planning for and developing research proposals and projects, data collection and behavioral data interpretation.
For research projects, services ensure the inclusion of research participants who broadly represent the target population(s), behavioral constructs that are theoretically and empirically supported, behavioral measures that have psychometrically sound reliability and validity data, standardized assessment procedures for reliable data collection and management, and consultation expertise for behavioral data analysis.

Design and behavioral measurement consultations enable investigators to reduce project development time and speed the research process.

Consultative services selection is tailored to the investigator's needs and familiarity with behavioral research topics and methods. This includes identification and evaluation of literature searches on relevant topics to the investigator's specific aims and hypotheses as well as assistance in the conceptual interpretation and preparation of behavioral data for presentation or publication.

Research Design, Quality of Life & Behavior Measurement Services
Research Design and Quality of Life Services provide investigators with full consultation services, including those that support project and grant development. Services support prevention, cancer control and clinical researchers in developing psychological, behavioral and quality-of-life topics as a primary or secondary research outcome consistent with the specific aims and hypotheses of an investigator's research.

The Behavioral Measurement Service comprises three elements designed to assist researchers with articulating outcomes and finding appropriate measures for a focus on human behavior, cognitions and/or emotions.

  • Expertise is available to help investigators define and objectively establish the behavior to be measured. For example, "quality of life" can be operationalized in one research context to refer to hearing loss, in another context to refer to clinical depression, or in another context to refer to a negative mood. Assistance is available to help investigators specifically define the behavior that is uniquely appropriate for their investigations.
  • The shared resource orients investigators to behavioral assessment methods and measures and provides them with currently available measures and methodologies. This includes evaluation of psychometric properties (validity, reliability) and the strengths and weaknesses of measures or methods.
  • Expertise is available regarding formatting, scoring, and interpretation of behavioral outcome data. OSUCCC members have unlimited access to the library of currently available measures located in the shared resource office.

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Population Based Data Retrieval Services
Cancer Surveillance & Health Behavior Data Services assist OSUCCC investigators with locating, accessing, retrieving and interpreting cancer incidence, mortality, survival and population-based data.

It provides a one-time free service of critical information that OSUCCC members need for grant applications/reports: a disease-specific population estimate of cancer incidence, mortality and/or survival from local, county, state or national data.

Additionally, this service provides expanded retrieval, interpretation and consultation for population-based investigations (e.g.: information concerning the potential composition of study groups with or without additional criteria such as race, ethnicity and gender). This includes one-time as well as continuing retrieval activities.

Recruitment & Regulatory Preparation Service
The Recruitment & Regulatory Preparation Service identifies and facilitates the accrual of human subjects from the OSU Medical Center hospital, clinics and cancer center as well as from the community.

Service efforts may also include use of focus group methodology and monitoring of accrual/data collection with periodically written reports to investigators on attainment of recruitment goals.

To facilitate subject accrual from the community, service specialist and Population Sciences Program Director Cecilia DeGraffinreid liaisons with referral sources outside of the cancer center to increase the numbers of patients accrued to clinical trials.

To create a larger, more diverse accrual base, the Recruitment & Regulatory Preparation Service works in collaboration with The James Cancer Hospital Diversity Enhancement Program and the OSUCCC Clinical Trials Office to coordinate efforts and maximize all resources. 

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Data Collection & Management Service
The Data Collection and Management Service supports population science, cancer control and clinical researchers by providing a full range of consultation for and provision of data collection services.

These services include planning activities (e.g., focus groups) with individuals or groups targeted for study, consultation for or selection of individuals collecting data, planning for or providing the data collection method (e.g., in-person, telephone interview, self-administered questionnaires, use of electronic surveys or lap top administration), and data processing.

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Qualitative Research & Behavorial Assessment Services
Qualitative Research and Behavioral Assessment Services support prevention, cancer control and clinical research by assisting investigators with identifying and using qualitative research methods such as focus groups, in-depth individual interviews, and valid and reliable psychological, behavioral and quality-of-life measures consistent with an investigator’s research aims and hypotheses.

A full range of consultation is available not only for experienced investigators such as members of the cancer control program, but also for investigators who may be unfamiliar with behavioral measurement. 

Usage Policy
The Behavioral Measurement Shared Resource provides timely and cost-effective services that are unique to the OSUCCC, The Ohio State University, and the Columbus, Ohio, area. The BMSR is designed to provide assistance to all OSUCCC members, with priority given to OSUCCC members, and special priority given to full OSUCCC members.

To arrange consultations, OSUCCC investigators may contact the BMSR at (614) 293-7846 or email

Consultation is provided free of charge for each of the five primary BMSR service areas. With the assistance of the OSUCCC administration core, a cost management plan is available for hourly rates for each component.

Publications supported by the BMSR must include the following acknowledgement:  This study was supported by National Cancer Institute Grant P30 CA016058, the Behavioral Measurement Shared Resource at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) 460 W. 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 Phone: 1-800-293-5066 | Email: