CHRC researchers awarded with the LPPC/AICIB Research Grants
Today, the Award Ceremony for Clinical Research Grants in Oncology in Primary Health Care awarded two projects from CHRC researchers, assigned by the Portuguese League Against Cancer (LPCC) and AICIB - Agency for Clinical Research and Innovation Biomedical.
CHRC researchers' winning projects are led by Prof. Ana Maria from NMS and CHRC with the project “SumMed: helping patients to understand medical information in the prevention of breast and prostate cancer” and Marília Raquel Paulo, also from NMS and CHRC along with Prof. Luís Lapão with the project “Keratinocyte cancer prevention at primary healthcare centers in Portugal”.
CHRC contacted the Professors and they gave us a short summary of their projects.
“SumMed: helping patients to understand medical information in the prevention of breast and prostate cancer” from Prof. Ana Maria:
“We aim to study patients’ perceptions using the SumMed application, to help them understand medical information in the prevention of breast and prostate cancer.
The principal investigator is an MD working as a GP and PhD student, whose research focuses on telemedicine. The team, including a patient´s association, brings together researchers contributing to bridge the knowledge gap on the use of digital primary healthcare care services. In general, there is a lack of knowledge regarding the benefits and harms of prostate and breast cancer screening programs. This study, to our knowledge, is the first to assess, among the public, the perceptions of benefits and harms related to breast and prostate cancer screenings, using a digital application. To encourage further a shared decision on screening and the development of decision aids, it is necessary to assess users' knowledge regarding the harm and benefits of screening, according to the most recent evidence.”
“Keratinocyte cancer prevention at primary healthcare centers in Portugal” from Prof. Marília Raquel Paulo and Prof. Luís Lapão:
“The KERASITES project main goal is to act in the prevention of skin keratocytes that have sun exposure as a primary risk factor. The population covered by the municipalities of Alcochete, Barreiro, Montijo and Moita is diverse in its patterns of sun exposure, which may be occupational or by laser. We intend to contribute in an innovative way to the training of health professionals in primary health care and to improve the interconnection with Hospitals through digital technologies.In the end, all other ACES can take advantage of the knowledge generated and the technology created, especially because it is increasingly important to leverage digital health to obtain better knowledge of our patients. This way we achieve greater sustainability in care. This Grant reinforces the ability of the multidisciplinary team to use digital technologies to reinforce the “clinical pathway” of ACES do Arco Ribeirinho with Centro Hospitalar Barreiro-Montijo.”