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Support Care Cancer. 2012 Sep;20(9):2211-5. doi: 10.1007/s00520-012-1482-z. Epub 2012 May 8.

Building cancer nursing skills in a resource-constrained government hospital.

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Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, USA. rstrothe@iupui.edu

Abstract

Cancer is a rising cause of morbidity and mortality in resource-constrained settings. Few places in the developing world have cancer care experts and infrastructure for caring for cancer patients; therefore, it is imperative to develop this infrastructure and expertise. A critical component of cancer care, rarely addressed in the published literature, is cancer nursing. This report describes an effort to develop cancer nursing subspecialty knowledge and skills in support of a growing resource-constrained comprehensive cancer care program in Western Kenya. This report highlights the context of cancer care delivery in a resource-constrained setting, and describes one targeted intervention to further develop the skill set and knowledge of cancer care providers, as part of collaboration between developed world academic institutions and a medical school and governmental hospital in Western Kenya. Based on observations of current practice, practice setting, and resource limitations, a pragmatic curriculum for cancer care nursing was developed and implemented.

PMID:
22565597
DOI:
10.1007/s00520-012-1482-z
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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