Westat Selects TDEC for PATH Study Support

Bethesda, Maryland – TDEC, a leading provider of Business Process Outsourcing services, was recently awarded a sub-contract by Westat, Inc., a Bethesda-based research company, to provide support to its monumental work on the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study.

The PATH Study, initiated by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), assesses tobacco use behaviors and how use affects health over time.  Study participants – both smokers and non-smokers – complete annual questionnaires, the results of which provide necessary evidence to inform the regulation of tobacco products.

For its part, TDEC is staffing full-time testers to apply rigorous testing standards to measure the effectiveness and validity of the questionnaires developed by Westat before they are used with study participants. With this one-year contract and an eight-year option, TDEC has the potential to provide Westat with more than 45,000 workforce hours. “We are proud to play a part in this most important study,” offered TDEC President Dennis DuFour.

TDEC has worked on other projects with Westat, fulfilling its varying staffing needs.  “I am pleased that TDEC is supporting Westat in the area of questionnaire testing for the PATH Study,” said David M. Maklan, Ph.D., Westat Senior Vice President and Study Area Director, Behavioral Health Group Study Area. “TDEC has provided excellent services for other projects at Westat.”



Founded in 1958, TDEC is the leading provider of business process outsourcing services to government and commercial clients worldwide. From administrative support to call centers, data entry to document management and lockbox services, TDEC’s business process outsourcing services help our public sector clients to carry out their governmental responsibilities.


February 16, 2016