How does my thesis topic/nugget qualify as social innovation?

People affected by this issue

The target group is the elderly people who suffer from the serious illness such as cancer, and are terminally ill to live in their end of life. Every year, estimated 23,585 people dead because of cancer. The percent of all cancer sites deaths is highest among people aged 75-84.

Cancer patient, terminally ill, age around 75-84.

According to the research from National Cancer Institute: 

http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/all.html

- Number of New Cases and Deaths per 100,000: The number of new cases of all cancer sites was 454.8 per 100,000 men and women per year. The number of deaths was 171.2 per 100,000 men and women per year. These rates are age-adjusted and based on 2008-2012 cases and deaths.

- Lifetime Risk of Developing Cancer: Approximately 39.6 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with all cancer sites at some point during their lifetime, based on 2010-2012 data.

- Prevalence of This Cancer: In 2012, there were an estimated 13,776,251 people living with all cancer sites in the United States.

Death rates for cancer are higher among the middle-aged and elderly populations. The number of deaths was 171.2 per 100,000 men and women per year based on 2008-2012 deaths.

 

How the issue (and/or behavior change related to the issue) could be measured

Current reality for those group of people is that the experience of life after being diagnosed is not as good as the life they live before. But the end of life is also a part of life, so my desired reality is to help those group of people improve their quality of life. And the measure way could be the contrast of life experience. (Including physical and psychological feeling)

 

The relationship of the thesis topic to a social or structural problem

Deliver health care not only focus on medical session, treat patient as in a human way

Relationship between doctors (hospitals) and patients & their family members

Bias for hospice care service

Aging of population