The Critical Role of Primary Care Providers in
Facilitating Equitable Access to Care and Clinical Trials
This course is designed to help primary care providers (PCPs) better support their patients diagnosed with cancer, particularly during the referral process to a cancer specialist. Primary care providers have a critical role in helping their patients, especially patients from ethnic and racial minority groups, be more engaged in cancer treatment decision making, which includes the possibility of receiving treatment through a clinical trial.
Module 1: Disparities in Cancer Care and Clinical Trial Participation
In this module, you will learn about disparities in cancer care and clinical trial participation, the rationale for the primary care provider's role in cancer referral, and why cancer treatment trials are a high quality treatment option.
Module 2: Importance of Strong PCP Role in Referrals to Cancer Treatment
In this module, you will evaluate primary care providers' initial communication with patients diagnosed with cancer.
Module 3: Communication Skills to Foster Patient Engagement in Cancer Treatment
In this module, you will learn an evidence-based communication approach to prepare patients for the cancer treatment referral and apply this approach to patient scenarios.
Module 4: Needed Changes with Colleagues in the Referral Process
In this module, you will consider opportunities to improve your own referral practices for patients diagnosed with cancer.