Cancer-Specific and Centered Support for Underserved Populations (1 CE)
Number of Credits: 1
This course is for: Clinical Psychologists, Counselors and Nurses
Course By: Tim Grigsby, PhD
Content By: Tarver, W. L., & Haggstrom, D. A. (2019). The use of cancer-specific patient-centered technologies among underserved populations in the United States: Systematic review. Journal of Medical Internet research, 21 (4), e10256.
Course Description: Medically underserved populations—groups with economic, linguistic, or cultural medical service barriers—are more likely to contain individuals from lower socioeconomic racial and/or ethnic minority groups. These individuals evidence a higher cancer burden relative to affluent, non-Hispanic whites. An understanding of patient-centered technology facilitators and barriers for cancer-specific care delivery and health information for underserved populations can reduce the burden of care and increase the likelihood of positive treatment outcomes. Various mobile health (mhealth) and internet-based health (ehealth) tools evidence potential for implementation across medically underserved populations, but challenges remain for promoting the uptake and continued use of such tools.
- List three characteristics that define medically underserved populations
- Give one example of an mhealth intervention, and one example of an ehealth intervention, that has been used for cancer care in medically underserved populations
- Describe ongoing challenges for implementing patient-centered technology interventions with medically underserved populations
- Read and understand The use of cancer-specific patient-centered technologies among underserved populations in the United States: Systematic review
- Review the Course Description and Learning Objectives
- Integrate the facilitators and barriers for implementing patient-centered technology interventions for medically underserved populations while considering the related effectiveness of these interventions across the cancer care continuum
- Work through the post-test questions; keep in mind that answer selections should be derived from the respective article
- Return to the referenced article for any missed questions and/or to better understand how patient-centered technologies can be used in cancer care for medically underserved populations
CA BRN REQUIRED CONTENT: IMPLICIT BIAS
Implicit biases incorporate an association that occurs outside of conscious awareness that may
resultantly lead to a negative patient evaluation derived from irrelevant characteristics; i.e.
gender and/or race. A systematic review of the literature was conducted. Thirty-five studies
identified the existence of implicit bias in healthcare professionals; all correlational studies
evidenced a significant positive relationship between implicit bias levels and lower quality of
care (FitzGerald & Hurst, 2017). Continued research in health care settings, combined with
greater method homogeneity, should be employed to examine the occurrence and prevalence
of implicit biases in healthcare settings as a strategic approach for mitigating related disparities
(FitzGerald & Hurst, 2017).