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Beth Israel Medical Center Receives Major American Cancer Society Grant Toward Improving Pain Management in Chinese Cancer Patients
Date:6/22/2009

$1.76 Million Grant from the American Cancer Society to Hospital's Nationally Recognized Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care and Asian Services Center

NEW YORK, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Beth Israel Medical Center's nationally recognized Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care and the Asian Services Center has received a $1.76 million grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS) to study the best ways to improve pain management in community-dwelling Chinese cancer patients in New York City. The grant announces a partnership with the department, the Asian Services Center, and community oncologists to create and test a highly innovative model of rapid quality improvement in an economically disadvantaged community of largely first and second generation Chinese Americans.

"This grant allows us to examine a method to improve health care access and the practice capacity of community oncologists to deliver state-of-the-art pain interventions to the growing population of Chinese cancer patients," said Lara Dhingra, Ph.D., study principal investigator and Attending Psychologist in the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care. "There is a major need to develop and distribute best practices strategies to manage cancer pain in real-life settings, especially in underserved communities."

"This is the first known study to bring QI to the large population of Chinese cancer patients," said Tak Kwan, MD, Executive Chief of the Asian Services Center. "The study will develop and test a QI program to improve pain and symptoms among underserved, community-based Chinese American cancer patients, and evaluate factors that influence its uptake and sustainability."

This five-year $1.76 million grant aims to test the effectiveness of a quality improvement (QI) intervention to enhance pain management for underserved ethnic Chinese cancer patients. It will also determine
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