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Advanced Cancer Care in Latin America and Caribbean: A Survey of Health Professionals

Principal Investigator: Charles S. Cleeland, Ph.D.

Our Primary Objective

To assess the quality, access and affordability of care given to persons with advanced cancer in Latin America and the Caribbean as reported by healthcare professionals and to compare these findings by geopolitical regions.

Our Secondary Objectives

  • To identify the advanced cancer care practices and patterns of Latin American and Caribbean healthcare professionals and to compare these practices by profession, country and region (Complete)
  • To identify the barriers to the provision of supportive and palliative cancer care, specific to each of the professions surveyed and to compare these barriers by country and region (Complete)
  • To identify any regulatory, legal and legislative requirements which may impede the rational and adequate medical use of opioid analgesics and other supportive care measures for persons with advanced cancer in Latin America and the Caribbean and to compare these findings by country and region (Complete)

Methods

This study is a cross-sectional survey of health professionals from Latin America and the Caribbean conducted by MD Anderson’s WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center in Supportive Cancer Care. The sample for this survey is a convenience sample of physicians, nurses and pharmacists who provide care to cancer patients in these regions. Our strategies for the dissemination of this survey included mass mailings, distribution at professional meetings/conferences, collaboration with Latin American institutions, professional organizations and PAHO and the posting of online surveys.

Policy Implications/Significance

A well conducted and disseminated assessment of the quality, access and affordability of care given to persons with advanced cancer in Latin America and the Caribbean may guide the formulation or modification of policies that will improve the care afforded to persons with advanced cancer in these regions.


© 2014 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center