National Cancer Institute Funds Study in Family Medicine Department

The TTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine recently received notification of funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for a study titled: A New Web-Based Decision Making Strategy for Low Literacy and Hispanic Populations.

The co-principal investigators on this project are Francois Modave, Ph.D., adjunct associate professor of Family and Community Medicine and Navkiran K. Shokar, M.D. MPH, associate professor in the departments of Family and Community Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and director of Cancer Prevention and Control in the Center of Excellence in Cancer. The total award is for $386,671 over two years.  The main purpose of this study is to develop and test a bilingual, culturally tailored, theory-based interactive decision aid for low literacy Hispanic patients, in order to facilitate informed decision making about colorectal cancer screening at the point of care for patients.

“Dr. Navkiran Shokar has creatively combined research and medical services in order to directly address the unique challenges faced when providing medical care for El Pasoans,” said Rajkumar Lakshmanaswamy, Ph.D., associate dean for research at TTUHSC at El Paso.  “TTUHSC is very proud of this NCI funding. We will continue to encourage our entire faculty to seek funding for projects and studies that will advance the medical knowledge and services we provide to our community.”