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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29976487/radiation-therapy-research-a-global-analysis-2001-2015
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REVIEW
Ajay Aggarwal, Grant Lewison, Danielle Rodin, Anthony Zietman, Richard Sullivan, Yolande Lievens
Radiation therapy is a core modality of cancer treatment; however, concerns have been expressed regarding its underutilization and its lack of prioritization as a research domain relative to other cancer treatment modalities, despite its rapid technical evolution. It is therefore important to understand, from a public policy perspective, the evolution of global radiation therapy research, to identify strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities. This study used a bibliometric approach to undertake a quantitative analysis of global radiation therapy research published between 2001 and 2015 and available in the Web of Science (Wos) database, with particular focus on the 25 leading research-active countries...
July 15, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29974131/barriers-and-facilitators-to-implementation-of-cancer-treatment-and-palliative-care-strategies-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Andrew Donkor, Tim Luckett, Sanchia Aranda, Jane Phillips
OBJECTIVES: To appraise improvement strategies adopted by low- and middle-income countries to increase access to cancer treatments and palliative care; and identify the facilitators and barriers to implementation. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted and reported in accordance with PRISMA statement. MEDLINE, CINAHL, and the Cochrane Library databases were searched. Bias was assessed using the Standards for Quality Improvement Reporting Excellence, and evidence graded using the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council system...
July 5, 2018: International Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29932831/palliative-care-in-northern-tanzania-doing-a-lot-with-a-little
#3
Melissa J Bond, Andrea Knopp
The number of people in need of palliative care is growing worldwide, particularly in the developing world. The World Health Organization recognises palliative care as a basic human right, but there are many challenges for delivering palliative care in low- and middle-income countries. In the African continent, the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) provides guidance for political advocacy for developing palliative care programmes and has developed the APCA Palliative Outcome Score (POS), an evidence-based tool for measuring outcomes of palliative care...
June 2, 2018: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29927698/opioid-medications-in-expensive-formulations-are-sold-at-a-lower-price-than-immediate-release-morphine-in-countries-throughout-the-world-third-phase-of-opioid-price-watch-cross-sectional-study
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Liliana De Lima, Natalia Arias Casais, Roberto Wenk, Lukas Radbruch, Tania Pastrana
BACKGROUND: International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care implemented Opioid Price Watch (OPW) to monitor availability, dispensing prices and affordability of opioids. We found that opioids with complex delivery mechanisms [fentanyl transdermal (TD) patches, sustained-release (SR) morphine, and SR oxycodone] had lower dispensing prices than immediate-release (IR) morphine formulations. OBJECTIVE: Identify the extent that SR and TD formulations are dispensed at lower prices than generic IR morphine and the possible reasons to explain this observation...
June 21, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29892691/evidence-based-improvisation-facing-the-challenges-of-cervical-cancer-care-in-uganda
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REVIEW
Megan Swanson, Stefanie Ueda, Lee-May Chen, Megan J Huchko, Carol Nakisige, Jane Namugga
There is significant disparity in the prevalence of cervical cancer globally, with low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) shouldering a disproportionate share of disease incidence and an even greater proportion of morbidity and mortality. Available resources for diagnosis, treatment and palliation of cervical cancer are inversely related to per capita income. While prevention and screening remain public health priorities, given the large number of women affected by cervical cancer, expanding treatment capacity should be included in any evidence-based intervention plan...
May 2018: Gynecologic Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29860920/pilot-study-assessing-the-direct-medical-cost-of-treating-patients-with-cancer-in-kenya-findings-and-implications-for-the-future
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Omondi Michelle Atieno, Sylvia Opanga, Antony Martin, Amanj Kurdi, Brian Godman
BACKGROUND: Currently the majority of cancer deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, where there are appreciable funding concerns. In Kenya, most patients currently pay out of pocket for treatment, and those who are insured are generally not covered for the full costs of treatment. This places a considerable burden on households if family members develop cancer. However, the actual cost of cancer treatment in Kenya is unknown. Such an analysis is essential to better allocate resources as Kenya strives towards universal healthcare...
June 21, 2018: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29736120/symptoms-in-bangladeshi-patients-with-incurable-cancers-implications-for-interventions
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Richard R Love, G M Tanimul Ahsan, Tahmina Ferdousy, Shamsun Nahar, Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed
Aims: The poor state of palliative care in low- and middle-income countries has been termed a global crisis by the Lancet Commission on Palliative Care. The investigators previously reported on a cross-sectional study of symptoms in 640 Bangladeshi adults with incurable cancers. Usual levels of pain were high. The not-reported details of pain and other symptoms offered an opportunity to consider explanations and implications for interventions to lessen these symptoms. Methods: At one visit, 640 Bangladeshi patients completed a symptom questionnaire...
April 2018: Indian Journal of Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29713625/development-and-implementation-of-a-pediatric-palliative-care-program-in-a-developing-country
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Megan Doherty, Chloé Thabet
Background: Palliative care is recognized as an important component of care for children with cancer and other life-limiting conditions. In resource limited settings, palliative care is a key component of care for children with cancer and other life-limiting conditions. Globally, 98% of children who need palliative care live in low- or middle-income countries, where there are very few palliative care services available. There is limited evidence describing the practical considerations for the development and implementation of sustainable and cost-effective palliative care services in developing countries...
2018: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316883/active-ingredients-of-a-person-centred-intervention-for-people-on-hiv-treatment-analysis-of-mixed-methods-trial-data
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Keira Lowther, Richard Harding, Victoria Simms, Aabid Ahmed, Zipporah Ali, Nancy Gikaara, Lorraine Sherr, Hellen Kariuki, Irene J Higginson, Lucy Ellen Selman
BACKGROUND: A new model of care is required to meet the changing needs of people living with HIV (PLWH), particularly in low and middle-income countries, where prevalence is highest. We evaluated a palliative care intervention for PLWH in Mombasa, Kenya. Although we found no effect on pain (primary outcome), there was a positive effect on mental health (secondary outcome) in the intervention group. To inform replication and implementation, we have determined the active ingredients of the intervention and their mechanisms of action...
January 10, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288878/distributive-justice-an-ethical-priority-in-global-palliative-care
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Rachel A Hadler, William E Rosa
Providing care to cancer patients in resource-poor settings often demands complex trade-offs regarding resource allocation. It is estimated that over 60% of all cancer deaths worldwide occur in low- and middle-income countries, where channels to care and appropriate symptom management interventions are overstressed or obsolete. Concepts of distributive justice underlie much of global health policy. As appetites for expanding global palliative care services increase, so do questions of fair and culturally appropriate distribution...
April 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244992/oral-morphine-use-in-south-india-a-population-based-study
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M R Rajagopal, Safiya Karim, Christopher M Booth
Purpose Access to opioids for pain control is recognized as an urgent issue in low- and middle-income countries. Here we report temporal and regional trends in morphine use in Kerala, India. Methods Oral morphine use data for the State of Kerala (2012 to 2015) was used to describe temporal trends, regional variation, and provider characteristics. Total morphine use was calculated for each district of Kerala to derive an annual per capita use rate (milligrams per capita). Each provider was classified as government, private, nongovernment organization (NGO), or NGO partnership...
December 2017: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228962/decision-making-on-therapeutic-futility-in-mexican-adolescents-with-cancer-a-qualitative-study
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Carlo Egysto Cicero-Oneto, Edith Valdez-Martinez, Miguel Bedolla
BACKGROUND: The world literature shows that empirical research regarding the process of decision-making when cancer in adolescents is no longer curable has been conducted in High-income, English speaking countries. The objective of the current study was to explore in-depth and to explain the decision-making process from the perspective of Mexican oncologists, parents, and affected adolescents and to identify the ethical principles that guide such decision-making. METHODS: Purposive, qualitative design based on individual, fact-to-face, semi-structured, in-depth interviews...
December 11, 2017: BMC Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29179954/universal-health-coverage-and-intersectoral-action-for-health-key-messages-from-disease-control-priorities-3rd-edition
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REVIEW
Dean T Jamison, Ala Alwan, Charles N Mock, Rachel Nugent, David Watkins, Olusoji Adeyi, Shuchi Anand, Rifat Atun, Stefano Bertozzi, Zulfiqar Bhutta, Agnes Binagwaho, Robert Black, Mark Blecher, Barry R Bloom, Elizabeth Brouwer, Donald A P Bundy, Dan Chisholm, Alarcos Cieza, Mark Cullen, Kristen Danforth, Nilanthi de Silva, Haile T Debas, Peter Donkor, Tarun Dua, Kenneth A Fleming, Mark Gallivan, Patricia J Garcia, Atul Gawande, Thomas Gaziano, Hellen Gelband, Roger Glass, Amanda Glassman, Glenda Gray, Demissie Habte, King K Holmes, Susan Horton, Guy Hutton, Prabhat Jha, Felicia M Knaul, Olive Kobusingye, Eric L Krakauer, Margaret E Kruk, Peter Lachmann, Ramanan Laxminarayan, Carol Levin, Lai Meng Looi, Nita Madhav, Adel Mahmoud, Jean Claude Mbanya, Anthony Measham, María Elena Medina-Mora, Carol Medlin, Anne Mills, Jody-Anne Mills, Jaime Montoya, Ole Norheim, Zachary Olson, Folashade Omokhodion, Ben Oppenheim, Toby Ord, Vikram Patel, George C Patton, John Peabody, Dorairaj Prabhakaran, Jinyuan Qi, Teri Reynolds, Sevket Ruacan, Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan, Jaime Sepúlveda, Richard Skolnik, Kirk R Smith, Marleen Temmerman, Stephen Tollman, Stéphane Verguet, Damian G Walker, Neff Walker, Yangfeng Wu, Kun Zhao
The World Bank is publishing nine volumes of Disease Control Priorities, 3rd edition (DCP3) between 2015 and 2018. Volume 9, Improving Health and Reducing Poverty, summarises the main messages from all the volumes and contains cross-cutting analyses. This Review draws on all nine volumes to convey conclusions. The analysis in DCP3 is built around 21 essential packages that were developed in the nine volumes. Each essential package addresses the concerns of a major professional community (eg, child health or surgery) and contains a mix of intersectoral policies and health-sector interventions...
March 17, 2018: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29178866/a-scoping-review-of-palliative-care-for-children-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Hatoko Sasaki, Marie-Charlotte Bouesseau, Joan Marston, Rintaro Mori
BACKGROUND: Ninety-eight percent of children needing palliative care live in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), and almost half of them live in Africa. In contrast to the abundance of data on populations in high income countries, the current data on populations in LMICs is woefully inadequate. This study aims to identify and summarize the published literature on the need, accessibility, quality, and models for palliative care for children in LMICs. METHODS: A scoping review was performed following the method of Arksey and O'Malley...
November 25, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123348/symptom-prevalence-in-patients-with-advanced-incurable-illness-in-bangladesh
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Megan Doherty, Farzana Khan, Fazle Noor Biswas, Marufa Khanom, Rubayat Rahman, Mohammad Munirul Islam Tanvir, Farhana Akter, Mridul Sarker, Nezamuddin Ahmad
Context: There is a significant need for palliative care for patients living in low- and middle-income countries. The presence and intensity of physical symptoms is a major factor influencing the suffering of patients at the end of life. Objectives: The primary aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and characteristics of common physical symptoms experienced by patients with advanced, incurable illness in a developing country. Method: This study used semi-structured interviews in patients with advanced cancer or HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094103/multidisciplinary-gynecologic-oncology-clinic-in-botswana-a-model-for-multidisciplinary-oncology-care-in-low-and-middle-income-settings
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Surbhi Grover, Sebathu Philip Chiyapo, Priya Puri, Mohan Narasimhamurthy, Babe Eunice Gaolebale, Neo Tapela, Doreen Ramogola-Masire, Mukendi K A Kayembe, Thabo Moloi, Ponatshego Andrew Gaolebale
Purpose: Cervical cancer is a major cause of mortality in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and the most common cancer diagnosed in women in Botswana. Most women present with locally advanced disease, requiring chemotherapy and radiation. Care co-ordination requires input from a multidisciplinary team (MDT) to deliver appropriate, timely treatment. However, there are limited published examples of MDT implementation in LMICs. Methods: In May 2015, a weekly MDT clinic for gynecologic cancer care was initiated at Botswana's national referral facility...
October 2017: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717769/end-of-life-care-in-latin-america
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REVIEW
Enrique Soto-Perez-de-Celis, Yanin Chavarri-Guerra, Tania Pastrana, Rossana Ruiz-Mendoza, Alexandra Bukowski, Paul E Goss
Cancer has become a global pandemic with disproportionately higher mortality rates in low- and middle- income countries, where a large fraction of patients present in advanced stages and in need of end-of-life care. Globally, the number of adults needing end-of-life care is greater than 19 million, and up to 78% of these patients are living in low- and middle- income countries. In the Americas alone, more than one million people are in need of end-of-life care, placing an enormous burden on local health systems, which are often unprepared to meet the challenge presented by this complex patient population...
June 2017: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682818/respiratory-problems-in-low-resource-settings
#18
REVIEW
Mhoira E F Leng, Sunitha Daniel, Daniel Munday
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Chronic breathlessness is common in patients with advanced illness who require palliative care. Achieving good symptom control can be challenging. More people with advanced illness live in low and middle income than in high-income countries, but they are much less likely to receive palliative care. Most of the emerging evidence for the palliative management of chronic breathlessness is from high-income countries. This review explores the context of chronic breathlessness in low-income settings, how evidence for control of chronic breathlessness might relate to these settings and where further work should be focused...
September 2017: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325240/cancer-care-access-and-outcomes-for-american-indian-populations-in-the-united-states-challenges-and-models-for-progress
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REVIEW
B Ashleigh Guadagnolo, Daniel G Petereit, C Norman Coleman
Low socioeconomic and health care access realities of being American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) in the United States combined with decades of data documenting poor cancer outcomes for this population provide a population nested within the United States that is analogous to the cancer care landscape of low- and middle-income countries internationally. We reviewed the medical literature with respect to cancer prevention, access to cancer treatment, and access to effective supportive and palliative care for AI/AN populations in the United States...
April 2017: Seminars in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265046/expanding-medicines-for-neurologic-disorders-on-the-who-model-list
#20
Kathryn Rimmer, Hiral Shah, Kiran Thakur
The WHO Model List of Essential Medicines is a recommended formulary for high-priority diseases based on public health trends and epidemiology patterns. The biennial publication serves as a guide for countries, particularly low- and lower-middle-income countries, to develop their own national essential medicines list (EML), and many nongovernmental organizations base their medication supplies on the WHO EML. Over the last 40 years, WHO has expanded the EML in response to treatment gaps for infectious diseases, pediatrics, palliative care, and cancer...
March 7, 2017: Neurology
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