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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Sara J. Knight, PhD

Staff Psychologist, Mental Health Service, SFVAHCS
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Urology, UCSF


Patient Treatment Preferences and Health Outcomes

Dr. Sara Knight's research aims to help veterans who come to the VA health care system make the best possible decisions about their health care and medical treatments. One goal of this work is to improve physician understanding of veterans' needs, goals, and values when they are cared for in the VA. Her work has special relevance to the health care experiences of people who are poor and those who are from ethnic minority groups. Dr. Knight has developed and tested a program to help doctors provide better care for dying persons of different cultures. She is among the first scientists to develop and evaluate practical and clinically useful measures of men's preferences for prostate cancer treatment, validated for use with both black and white veterans and those of limited educational and economic resources.

To see Dr. Knight on Pub Med, click here.