Theme 4. Presentation Details
Due to its clear benefits for reducing morbidity and mortality, cancer screening is often used as a quality indicator in primary care. However, it can be difficult to achieve for primary care practices to achieve cancer screening targets, particularly if they serve many marginalized patients.
The St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team (SMHAFHT) is a large academic primary care organization serving close to 45,000 enrolled patients at six clinical practices geographically dispersed within the inner-city of Toronto, Canada. Our patient population is diverse and includes many patients from marginalized groups, such as new immigrants, refugees, people who are homeless, those living in poverty, and those who identify as transgender.
This interactive session will be an opportunity for attendees to learn more about quality improvement initiatives at the St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team that has aimed to reduce disparities in cancer screening and improve overall cancer screening rates. We will review i) results of a randomized trial that we conducted, ii) an analysis that used patient-reported health equity data to understand gaps in screening, and iii) our efforts to understand cancer screening rates among our transgender population. As well, we will present findings from qualitative research to co-design solutions with patients living with a low income, and present preliminary findings from these co-designed solutions.