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Bekelman DB, Fink RM, Sannes T, Kline DM, Borrayo EA, Turvey C, Fischer SM. Puente para cuidar (bridge to caring): A palliative care patient navigator and counseling intervention to improve distress in Latino/as with advanced cancer. Psycho-oncology. 2019 Dec 13.
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Abstract: OBJECTIVE: Interventions are needed to improve mental health (ie, depression, anxiety) and palliative care (ie, symptoms, goals of care, and advance care planning) outcomes in Latino/as with advanced cancer. METHODS: An interprofessional study team used the ecological validity model and a participatory approach to adapt an evidence-based counseling intervention for Latino/as and integrate the counseling intervention with an evidence-based patient navigator intervention. Next, a small pilot study was conducted to understand and improve the feasibility of the integrated puente para cuidar intervention. RESULTS: Adaptations were made to language, literacy, and content of the counseling intervention, and video vignettes of the counseling case studies were produced on the recommendation of Latino/a stakeholders. Bicultural, bilingual patient navigators were used as "cultural brokers" between Latino/a patients and the counselor. The pilot study of puente para cuidar demonstrated feasibility based on participant perception of helpfulness and acceptability and nearing goal visit completion rates. CONCLUSIONS: A culturally adapted intervention to address mental health and palliative care needs in Latino/as with advanced cancer was developed from prior evidenced-based interventions using a cultural adaptation model and a participatory approach. The intervention is ready for effectiveness testing.

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