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J Pain Symptom Manage. 2008 Sep;36(3):304-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2008.04.008.

Generating an African palliative care evidence base: the context, need, challenges, and strategies.

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Department of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation, King's College London School of Medicine, London, United Kingdom.


The enormous burden of progressive, incurable disease in sub-Saharan Africa is reflected in the epidemiology of cancer and HIV. However, there has been little research activity and evidence generated to inform appropriate and effective responses. A collaborative of clinicians, academics and advocates have been active in the design, delivery and reporting of research activities in African palliative care. Here, they report the methodological, ethical, logistic and capacity-based challenges of conducting research in the sub-Saharan context from their experience. A number of strategies and responses are presented.

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