There are many factors that lead to health care disparities in oncology care and outcomes for racial and ethnic populations, including root causes such as structural racism, social determinants of health (SDoH), and geographic location. As with other areas of health care, individuals with low income, low health literacy, transportation barriers, or lack of health insurance or paid leave are far less likely to be screened for cancer or managed according to guideline-directed treatment. Thus, underserved patient populations are more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage cancers, leading to worse outcomes and higher mortality. Furthermore, individuals of racial and ethnic groups seeking or receiving oncology care are disproportionately impacted by unconscious and conscious bias, which exacerbates poorer outcomes.
While oncology treatments continue to advance in the era of modern medicine, the healthcare system remains plagued by longstanding health inequities. It is imperative that all members of the health care team recognize their important roles in providing education, services, and equitable care for all patients. In this enduring CME Outfitters webcast, expert faculty will discuss the impact of unconscious and systemic biases, SDoH, and regional, racial, and ethnic disparities and provide tools and resources to improve oncology care for all patients.
At the end of this CME/CE activity, participants should be able to:
Supported by an educational grant provided by the Johnson & Johnson Institute and the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.
Physicians, physician associates (PAs), nurse practitioners (NPs), nurses/nurse navigators, pharmacists, psychologists, dietitians, social workers, and other professionals specializing in diagnosing or treating patients with cancer
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Dr. Mitchell reports the following financial relationships:
Advisory Board: Corvus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Consultant: Amgen Inc.; Astellas Pharma Inc.; Bristol Myers Squibb; Genentech, Inc.; and SEMA4 OpCo, Inc.
Dr. Nooka reports the following financial relationships:
Advisory Board Adaptive Biotechnologies; Amgen Inc.; BeyondSpring Inc.; Bristol Myers Squibb Company; GSK; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Karyopharm; Oncopeptides, Inc.; Pfizer Inc.; Sanofi; Secura Bio, Inc.; and Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc..
Grant/Research Support (to Emory University): Amgen Inc.; Arch Oncology; Bristol Myers Squibb Company; Genentech, Inc.; GSK; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Karyopharm; Kite; Merck & Co., Inc.; Pfizer Inc.; and Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.
Grant/Research Support (for investigator-initiated studies): Amgen Inc.; GSK; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Merck; and Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.
Dr. Nyame reports the following financial relationships:
Research Consultant: Ortho Clinical Diagnostics
Dr. Velázquez Mañana reports the following financial relationships:
Stock Shareholder (directly purchased): Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc.
Other Financial or Material Support:LEAD Conference advisory committee member organized by BioAscend; Stipend from MDOutlook and Curio Science; and Travel Support from DAVA Oncology
The following peer reviewer and CME Outfitters staff have no financial relationships:
Faculty of this CE activity may include discussions of products or devices that are not currently labeled for use by the FDA. The faculty have been informed of their responsibility to disclose to the audience if they will be discussing off-label or investigational uses (any uses not approved by the FDA) of products or devices.