Developing a web-based LGBT cultural competency training for oncologists: The COLORS training

Julia Seay, Amanda Hicks, Merry Jennifer Markham, Matthew Schlumbrecht, Meghan Bowman, Jennifer Woodard, Austin Kollefrath, Daniela Diego, Gwendolyn P. Quinn, Matthew B. Schabath

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Objective: Despite substantial LGBT cancer health disparities, there are no LGBT cultural competency trainings tailored for oncologists. Here we describe the systematic development of a web-based, oncology-focused LGBT cultural competency training. Methods: A literature review regarding LGBT cancer outcomes and competency training was conducted to identify potential training content. An expert panel meeting, including LGBT cancer survivors, cultural competency experts, oncologists, a web designer, and an instructional designer, was held to solidify the training content focus. Following the panel, the training was developed in collaboration with an instructional designer, a web designer, and LGBT community members. Results: The training modules include: 1)LGBT Basics; 2)Inclusive Environments; 3)Initiating Oncology Care with LGBT Patients; and 4)Issues in Cancer Survivorship among LGBT Patients. Module content is interactive, and models effective communication. Conclusion: The process of collaboration with a diverse group of stakeholders and three cancer centers in Florida has resulted in a practical and efficient web-based resource for LGBT cultural competency training for oncologists. Practice implications: Feedback from stakeholders indicates that training in this area is needed and will be well-received by oncologists. We are currently conducting an evaluation of this training among oncologists and LGBT community members.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)984-989
Number of pages6
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2019


  • Cultural competency
  • LGBT
  • Oncology
  • Training
  • Web-based

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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