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Intervention Development and Evaluation to Reduce Disparities in Quality of Life for Latino Families Impacted by Cancer

Institution: 
The Regents of the University of California, Irvine
Researcher(s): 
Michelle Fortier, PhD
Grant Type: 
Psychosocial Family Impact Grant
Year Awarded: 
2019
Type of Childhood Cancer: 
General Pediatric Cancer
Project Description: 

Cancer health disparities extend to caregivers with numerous studies demonstrating that the traumatic stress of having a child with a chronic illness is associated with poorer health. This includes more frequent illnesses, increased health care costs, and higher rates of comorbid diseases. (1) Moreover, cancer health disparities are a high priority given documented disparities in low socio-economic status and racial/ethnic minority groups. In terms of caregivers, these disparities contribute to increased stress and negative physical health. (2) Accordingly, the scientific premise of this proposal is built upon evidence demonstrating negative impacts on health, well-being, and quality of life in caregivers of children with cancer and socio-economic and ethnic disparities in cancer health outcomes that place low-income Latino caregivers at greater risk for negative effects compared to White caregivers.

 

Project Goal
We propose that utilizing a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach will allow us to develop a culturally relevant intervention that will decrease stress and improve the quality of life in low-income Mexican-American caregivers of children with cancer that will be sustainable and address barriers to health in underserved communities.