Personas as a Knowledge Translation Tool to Develop Empathy for Patients with Cancer

Integrating patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) into oncology practice are valuable for enhancing person-centred care. PROMs can bring attention to various struggles patients with cancer experience, including mental health and emotional well-being needs. One challenge with incorporating PROMs into clinical practice has been assisting clinicians to better understand how PROMs responses can be used to focus on patient stories to identify and address the care needs of individual patients.

How Healthcare Providers Identify and Support Oncology Patients with Unmet Social Needs Facing Health and Social Inequities

The usual approach to care does not meet the needs of all patients. When this mismatch is caused by health and social inequities, these unmet social needs may impact patient access to care, treatment experiences, and health outcomes and trajectories. Increasingly, HCPs such as physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals, are asked to consider how supporting unmet social needs within their practices could lead to more equitable, patient-centered care.

Intermittent Fasting Oncology Studies

Does when we eat make a difference to our health? We know that food choices can impact cancer risk but what if the timing plays a role as well? Over several decades, overconsumption of food has contributed to an increase in a number of diseases, including cancer. What if this could be reversed, or slowed down, by fasting? Would that improve how people with cancer respond to chemotherapy? Could simply changing eating patterns to reduce overall intake be a way to prevent and/or manage cancer?

Head and Neck Cancer Application for Patients and their Partners (HANC APP) Study

Treatment for head and neck cancer (HNC) can include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and/or immunotherapy which may cause side effects (e.g. difficulty chewing, swallowing, talking) that can last a lifetime, impacting quality of life. When provided options, it can be hard for patients to pick a treatment plan if they don’t fully understand the options available and/or possible side effects.

Examining the Unmet Needs of Panjabi-Sikh Cancer Patients During the Treatment Phase of Cancer Care

Racialized communities are known to experience health and healthcare inequities in Canada, including unmet needs across the cancer care trajectory. Yet, the experiences of Panjabi-Sikh patients—one of the largest visible minority populations in Canada—remain largely unknown. This study will examine how the Canadian cancer care system can best address unmet needs of Panjabi-Sikh patients and their families during cancer treatment.

KT Challenge Projects

KT is the process of translating rapidly evolving scientific knowledge into health care practices and organizational policies to achieve the best possible outcomes for the patients, families, and communities we serve. The KT Challenge is supporting nursing and allied health teams to develop and implement projects that will improve practice, organizational policy, and patient care.

Practice-based Research Challenge Projects

The Research Challenge is an innovative approach to research training that bridges the gap between practice and research by empowering teams of nursing and allied health professionals to identify challenging clinical issues and find evidence-informed answers through research. We are currently funding 10 practice-based research projects lead by nurses, radiation therapists, dietitians, PET/CT Technologists, speech language pathologists, and genetic counsellors.

Co-constructing Patient-Oriented Research (POR) capacity in the BC Cancer Practice-based Research Challenge (PBRC)

In 2020/21, BC Cancer collaborated with the BC SUPPORT Unit, patient partners, and academic partners from UBC and UNBC to more intentionally build POR capacity among PBRC trainees. We embedded POR content into (1) an asynchronous, online research methods course, and (2) a synchronous webinar that sought to provide facilitated feedback, improve participant research questions, and to encourage clinician reflection on the benefits of engaging PFPs as research partners. During the webinar, academic partners and PFPs co-facilitated small group discussions in breakout rooms.

Advancing Health Equity in the Cancer Care Sector: Identifying Organizational and Contextual Factors Impacting the Integration of Equity-Oriented Healthcare for Marginalized Populations

There are alarming differences in cancer outcomes for people who experience health and social inequities. Because of racism, discrimination, stigma, and many other barriers, some people experience extreme difficulties accessing cancer care. Integrating equity-oriented healthcare approaches into cancer care could start to address these differences in health outcomes and improve access to cancer care. Together with Dr. Annette Browne from the University of British Columbia, Dr.

Understanding How to Better Support Oncology Nurses in Conducting Advanced Care Planning in BC’s Cancer Care System

Advanced Care Planning (ACP) is a process where patients reflect on their personal values and goals towards future medical care. Components of ACP may include reflecting on personal values and beliefs; naming a substitute decision maker; sharing preferences about goals of care with family, friends, or healthcare workers; and recording personal wishes via documents such as an advanced directive.

Pilot Study Using an Online Patient-Reported Outcome Measures Portal to Optimize Breast Cancer Follow-up Care

Most breast cancer cells (70-75%) have estrogen and/or progesterone receptors, and can be treated with 5-10 years of anti-hormonal therapy to prevent breast cancer from growing. However, many breast cancer patients (40-50%) do not take their recommended daily anti-hormonal therapy, which could potentially increase their risk of dying by 49%. Main reasons women do not take anti-hormonal medications are unpleasant side effects and lack of access to effective follow-up care. To better support women, the After Breast Cancer (ABC) clinic was created by BC Cancer and BC Women’s Hospital.

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research C2 Grant Award

Together with her team, Dr. Leah Lambert, executive director and senior scientist, Nursing and Allied Health Research and Knowledge Translation will be working with Dr. Michael McKenzie and UBC nursing professor Dr. Sally Thorne on the project planning to enhance capacity for equity-oriented cancer care in B.C. This project is about bringing together researchers, health care providers, leaders in health policy and service delivery, knowledge users and patient and family partners to discuss health and health care equity as it relates to cancer care.

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