The Jones Lab research focuses on two areas. First, we study how financial hardship and financial anxiety affect health. A large portion of this work focuses on psychometrics and developing rigorous measures of financial hardship both for people with cancer and for the general population. We also study how financial hardship and financial anxiety affect quality of life and disease outcomes through adherence and other mediators. Studies also include how financial anxiety impedes health behaviors such as cancer screening adherence, healthcare use and smoking cessation.
Second, our research focuses on advancing the science of clinical outcomes assessment, particularly for patient-reported outcomes. This work is testing unique methods of interpreting patient-reported outcomes that are personalized to what each individual patient values and finds meaningful. Patient-reported outcomes are frequently used to measure treatment effectiveness in clinical care and these novel methods will have applicability to measurement-based care. We are also adapting these methods for use in clinical trials, particularly in oncology.