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Challenges in adapting international best practices in cancer prevention, care, and research for Qatar

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Title: Challenges in adapting international best practices in cancer prevention, care, and research for Qatar
Authors: Howitt, PJ
Kerr, K
Al Kuwari, H
Ali, FMH
Knuth, A
Darzi, A
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: The World Health Organization recommends that all countries develop a cancer control program. Qatar is the first country in the Gulf Cooperation Council to develop such a plan, with its National Cancer Strategy 2011–2016. Three years into implementation, meaningful progress has been made, particularly in reducing patient waiting times, creating a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment, and fostering international research collaboration. Challenges include attracting sufficient numbers of trained health care workers, reaching a diverse population with messages tailored to their needs, and emphasizing cancer prevention and early detection in addition to research and treatment. Qatar’s example shows that best practices developed in North America, Western Europe, and Australasia can be assimilated in a very different demographic and cultural context when such approaches are tailored to local characteristics and circumstances.
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2014
Date of Acceptance: 1-Sep-2014
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/60491
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2014.0381
ISSN: 0278-2715
Publisher: Project HOPE
Start Page: 1635
End Page: 1640
Journal / Book Title: Health Affairs
Volume: 33
Issue: 9
Copyright Statement: ©2014 Project HOPE - The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc.
Sponsor/Funder: National Institute for Health Research
Funder's Grant Number: NF-SI-0510-10186
Keywords: Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Health Care Sciences & Services
Health Policy & Services
Chronic Care
Developed World < International/global health studies
Health Promotion/Disease Prevention
Organization and Delivery of Care
Quality Of Care
Cultural Characteristics
International Cooperation
National Health Programs
Practice Guidelines as Topic
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1402 Applied Economics
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2014-09-01
Appears in Collections:Department of Surgery and Cancer
Institute of Global Health Innovation