As a result of attending the APOS 9th Annual Conference, participants will be able to
- Define the concept of health disparities in the context of cancer care.
- Identify the interrelated factors that contribute to disparate outcomes in cancer care. These factors may include specific diverse population groups, socio-economic status, immigration status, place-of-residence, access to care, cancer type (such as rare or orphan primary), human rights violations, regional and global wars and conflicts, crime, terrorism, natural and human-made disasters, and provider biases and discrimination.
- Describe the effect these interrelated factors have on outcomes across the cancer-care continuum (i.e., screening/surveillance, prevention/secondary prevention, survivorship care planning, survivorship, health-related quality of life, psychosocial care, palliative care, and end-of-life care).
- Articulate the importance of psychosocial cancer care as part of routine cancer care.
- Integrate awareness of the factors that create health disparities into psychosocial cancer care (screening, assessment, referrals, and treatment) across the lifespan and among diverse and underserved populations.
- Synthesize research findings into their psychosocial oncology clinical practice and educational programs that address the interrelated factors that cause health disparities (e.g., culturally- and linguistically-competent distress screening, needs assessment, patient navigation, and survivorship care plans; disaster preparedness programs; and psychosocial oncology outreach programs for specific diverse and underserved populations).
- Identify the common elements of a quantifiable psychosocial cancer care plan and integrate specific quality indicators for the reduction of disparities in psychosocial cancer care into that care plan.
- Formulate strategies and mechanisms to advance psychosocial oncology research (including research that uses community-based participatory methods) and novel models of care that identify, address, and reduce health disparities in psychosocial cancer-care outcomes.
- Create and collaborate with diverse multidisciplinary networks of psychosocial oncology researchers, clinical practitioners and advocacy groups in order to disseminate advancements in, and further the development of, research programs and clinical care for diverse populations.
- Identify ethical dilemmas embedded in disparate psychosocial cancer-care outcomes and formulate culturally-competent and safe responses to them.