Online Program

Piloting a community-based intervention for caregivers of Korean American cancer survivorship

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Simona Kwon, DrPH, MPH, Department of Population Health, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY
Duy Nguyen, PhD, NYU Silver School of Social Work, New York, NY
Monique Carrero-Tagle, Dept of Cariology & Comprehensive Care, NYU College of Denistry, NY, NY
Linda Lee, MSW, Korean Community Services of Metro NY, Inc, Flushing, NY
Rebecca Park, Center for the Study of Asian American Health, Department of Population Health, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY
Victoria H. Raveis, PhD, Psychosocial Research Unit on Health, Aging and the Community, New York University, New York, NY
Background: Limited health services research and culturally-appropriate evidence-based program implementation has focused on the Korean American population despite the growing awareness of the high burden of cancer in this ethnic subgroup. Purpose: The overall pilot goal is to increase understanding of cancer survivorship among Korean Americans and to inform strategies to implement evidence-based care options that utilize a culturally-sensitive, family-focused approach. Methods: Using a community-based participatory research approach, the evidence-based FamCARE program, a problem-solving, skills-training program for family caregivers to cancer survivors, was reviewed for cultural relevancy and adapted to include appropriate scenarios and problem solving case examples, translated, and pilot implemented through Korean American community-based organizations (CBOs). A target of up to 20 caregiver/cancer survivor dyads (n=40) are being recruited and enrolled into six, bi-weekly two-hour group sessions delivered in a community setting and led by a bilingual health educator. Survey and interview data are collected at baseline and post 4 months follow-up. Findings: Cultural-relevance of the problem-solving, skills-training program content, acceptability of the format and mode of delivery, and feasibility/capacity for program implementation through Korean-serving CBOs will be discussed. Conclusion: This study will provide important information on the feasibility of implementation of the culturally tailored FamCare program for caregivers to Korean American cancer survivors in trusted community-based settings. Piloting this evidence-based intervention, which represents a distillation and consolidation of a diverse body of theoretical and empirical work on cancer and the family, will inform translation of findings into much needed health services for this under-served, under-resourced community.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe gaps in knowledge and literature on needs of caregivers and Korean American cancer survivorship. Articulate the 5 problem-solving components of the evidence-based FamCare: Family Caregiver Problem-solving Skills Training Program: (1) problem orientation, (2) problem definition and formulation, (3) generation of alternatives, (4) decision making, and (5) solution implementation and verification. Identify outcomes on the assessment and feasibility of implementing the culturally tailored evidenced-based intervention in community-based settings for Korean Americans in NYC.

Keyword(s): Asian Americans, Cancer

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a co-investigator of the study and am actively involved in carrying out the study goals and objectives.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.