NYU Dentistry’s Victoria Raveis Receives State Funding to Develop Breast Cancer Survivorship Curriculum for Primary Care Providers

09/26/2019

The breast cancer survivorship journey begins at diagnosis and continues well beyond active treatment. Throughout the process, survivors are faced with many medical, psychosocial, and emotional challenges and decisions.

Despite advances in breast cancer survival rates, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic inequalities in breast cancer incidence and survivorship remain. To address these inequalities, a new survivorship curriculum for primary care nurse practitioners will be developed, informed by the engagement of diverse breast cancer survivors.

The patient-informed breast cancer survivorship care curriculum is being developed and piloted by Victoria Raveis, PhD, a research professor and director of the Psychosocial Research Unit on Health, Aging and the Community at NYU College of Dentistry. The project is funded through a three-year, $260,000 grant from the New York State Department of Health that begins October 1, 2019.

The online curriculum will be designed to facilitate patient-centered survivorship care across the disease course for diverse populations, including those with lower health literacy.

"The curriculum will speak to the varied medical concerns, lifestyle issues, and psychosocial concerns breast cancer survivors experience as they finish active treatment," said Raveis. "It will also address health issues they are at increased risk of experiencing over the course of their cancer survivorship."

In a pilot study, primary care nurse practitioners in New York State will complete the curriculum as an online professional education course. The researchers will evaluate the curriculum based on changes in nurse practitioners' knowledge, attitudes, and practice, as well as their satisfaction with the content.

"This project is designed to accelerate the tempo of breast cancer survivorship care by targeting a key community-based healthcare provider group and by developing a survivorship curriculum informed by the diverse communities that primary care nurse practitioners serve in New York state," said Raveis.