Addressing Disparities in Cancer Care for Latino Medicare Beneficiaries
To reduce Cancer health care disparities that exists among minority Medicare beneficiaries and to demonstrate cost effectiveness of patient navigation in reducing the burden of cancer.
The Latino population is the fastest growing minority population in the United States . Cancer ranks as the second leading cause of death among Latinos in the United States (24%), second only to heart disease . This project will evaluate whether an innovative facilitation program (targeting cancers of the prostate, colon/rectum, breast, and cervix) will improve cancer outcomes among Latino Medicare beneficiaries in the city of Newark, New Jersey.
The overall aim of this project is to institute an innovative cancer care facilitation program for elderly Latinos in the city of Newark, NJ. The goal is to reduce the disparities observed in screening, time to diagnosis and treatment services, by utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach to health care, incorporating systems thinking methodology. Using the Multilevel Approach to Community Health (MATCH) planning model , the program will incorporate community outreach, education, and access to screening, and patient assistance in all aspects of the health care continuum. It will also include cultural and linguistic competency training for all those involved in the facilitation process. To accomplish this goal, we propose four objectives:
1. To establish a multidisciplinary team that will utilize a systems thinking approach to design and structure the delivery of cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment facilitation services.
2. To build a collaborative consortium between program partners to improve screening outcomes, that will encourage the utilization of services in the community.
3. To improve the delivery of cancer prevention and treatment facilitation by providing cultural and linguistic competency training to the multidisciplinary team, providers, and the community.
4. To demonstrate the effectiveness of the intervention in reducing the burden of cancer, by increasing screening rates, improving time to diagnosis and delivery of treatment services, patient satisfaction, and appropriate use of Medicare services.
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Prevention
cancer screening and health education, facilitation of Services to improve cancer screening
University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey
Results (where available)
- Source: http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00385866
- Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on July 15, 2010
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
A cancer registry mandated under the National Cancer Act of 1971 to operate and maintain a population-based cancer reporting system, reporting periodically estimates of cancer incidence and mortality in the United States. The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program is a continuing project of the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. Among its goals, in addition to assembling and reporting cancer statistics, are the monitoring of annual cancer incident trends and the promoting of studies designed to identify factors amenable to cancer control interventions. (From National Cancer Institute, NIH Publication No. 91-3074, October 1990)
American Cancer Society
A voluntary organization concerned with the prevention and treatment of cancer through education and research.
Nursing care provided cancer patients. It includes aspects of family functioning through education of both patient and family. The specialty of oncologic nursing focuses on cancer as a major health care problem.
National Cancer Institute (u.s.)
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