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Introduction: HIV-Related Cancer Research Studies

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People with HIV have a unique set of medical issues and are more likely to have certain types of cancer. HIV-related cancer research studies look for better and safer ways to prevent, screen, diagnose or treat HIV-related cancers. This course gives an overview of research studies and describes ways patient navigators can help clients join or stay in a research study.

Why do patient navigators need to know about HIV-related cancer studies?

Patient navigators have an important role in patient care and are important to the success of research studies. Navigators need to understand HIV-related cancer and research studies so they can give clients correct information, help clients decide whether to join a research study, and address client barriers related to joining or staying in a research study.

After you finish this course you will be able to:

What is a research study?

Research studies, or clinical trial, are a form of medical research done to find better and safer ways to prevent, screen, diagnose or treat disease. Advances in medicine are the result of discoveries made through research. The treatments we use today were found to be safe and effective through research studies.

  • Describe HIV and HIV-related cancers
  • Explain how research studies work
  • Help clients address client barriers and find services
  • Describe ways to build relationships with service providers and clients

Who is this course for?

This course is for patient navigators, community health workers and case managers who serve clients who may be able to join an HIV-related cancer-research study.

How long will this course take?

This course includes several learning modules with videos, interactive scenarios and a link to an HIV eLearning course. The learning modules and all videos may take up to two hours to view and complete. The HIV eLearning course will take about 60 minutes. You can leave the course and come back later. Use the tabs at the top of each page to go to different modules.

Learn more about this course, its content and activities (go to next page). >>>

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