Yan LiFollow

Date of Graduation

Fall 12-13-2019

Document Type

Restricted Project - USF access only

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


School of Nursing and Health Professions




Family Nurse Practitioner

First Advisor

Karen A Van Leuven

Second Advisor

Alexa Curtis


Background: Cancer has a major impact on society in the United States and across the world. A total of 1,762,450 new cancer cases and 606,880 deaths from cancer are expected to occur in the US in 2019 (American Cancer Society, 2019). However, studies suggest that people from minority cultures are underrepresented in cancer support groups (Kwok and Ho 2011). The current research also continues to show cancer outcomes differ among different racial/ethnic groups (ACS, 2018).

Methods: To help fill a gap in minority cancer support, this project was the desire to impact cancer disparities among the Chinese population in the United States. This DNP project,based on findings of the reviewed evidence, developed a culturally tailored support program to improve the quality of cancer care for Chinese patients in a non-profit Chinese cancer care organization.

Results: Participants reported a 34% reduction in stress and anxiety level after program. 75% of the healthcare information participants received from this program met their needs. The average quality rating for this program was 98%. All participants agreed the 2-hour length for the education program was appropriate.

Conclusion: The culturally tailored program can effectively address the needs of minority cancer patients. Future research on cancer support services from minority cultures are needed to address what is currently a significant gap in the literature on this topic.

Keywords: cancer, minority, cancer care, quality of care, support, Chinese

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