CLEMSON — Clemson University researchers will lead a team of health-care scholars from South Carolina and Georgia in a grant-funded project to study and address how attitudes may affect delivery of health care to Latinos.

Rachel Mayo and Windsor Sherrill of Clemson University’s public health sciences department secured a $219,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for their project, “Provider Perceptions of Latino Patients in Cancer Care Settings.”

Other researchers taking part are from the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of South Carolina and the Medical College of Georgia.

The research team will develop and implement a Web-based screening survey to assess medical- and nursing-student knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors toward Latino patients receiving cancer care.  

“Learning about the attitudes and behaviors of providers toward Latino patients can inform the design of focused and effective interventions in medical and nursing education,” Sherrill said.

According to Mayo, the study should help heath professionals better serve a growing population.

“Because Latinos are a relatively new population in the Southeast, interventions should be developed that are appropriate to the needs of the region. The results of the project will provide important data for a national audience of health providers and policy-makers,” Mayo said.

The project represents Clemson’s growing focus on health-related research and collaboration with health-service providers and educators across the state and region. The research builds on a unique collaboration between Clemson health sciences faculty and School of Medicine and Nursing faculty from the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of South Carolina and the Medical College of Georgia. 

Other Clemson research investigators participating in the project are Sarah Griffin and Veronica Parker.  

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