2016 Funding Round - Project

Dr Lis Ellison-Loschmann
Massey University
Cancer support programmes for Māori whānau
$1,036,429
36 months

Lay summary

There are unacceptable ethnic differences in cancer survival in Aotearoa and an identified gap in cancer support service provision that meet the needs of Maori whanau. The proposed research is an intervention study involving three Maori health organisations. The aims of the study are to: (1) assess the challenges and benefits of implementing and delivering a Maori cancer support whanau programme; and (2) develop a framework of sustainability for a Maori cancer support whanau programme. Semi-structured interviews will be conducted with Maori provider staff who will be trained as facilitators to deliver the programme and cancer patients and their whanau both before the programme is implemented and then at one year post implementation to assess whether a cancer support programme consistent with a whanau ora approach meets the needs of Maori living with cancer. Findings will be presented at hui with all facilitators, co-investigators, patients and whanau.

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