Title: Evaluation of a childrenīs palliative care outreach programme for Burkitt Lymphoma patients in a rural area in the Northwest Region of Cameroon: Does it meet their needs?
Author: Mona Tamannai
Institution: Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Berlin
Graduate date: 2014-04-03 (W3C-DTF)
Document: Tamannai_Abstract for tropEd website.pdf
Description: Endemic Burkitt Lymphoma (BL) is the most common childhood cancer in tropical Africa. Survival rates in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are below 40% due to a lack of resources. Palliative care (PC) is the appropriate treatment for patients with life-limiting,non-curable diseases. By addressing physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of patients, PC improves the health related quality of life (HRQoL) during the last period of life. PC is a relatively new concept in SSA. Its provision is rare, while a lack of curative treatment options creates a great demand for PC. Research like this study that evaluates an existing childrenīs PC outreach programme for BL patients in a rural area in Cameroon is needed to
create an evidence base confirming the importance of appropriate PC services in SSA.

This study is to gain a better understanding of the needs of patients and families visited by the PC nurse and to identify aspects that can be improved to better meet these needs and thereby improve the recipients’ HRQoL.
Classification: 2013 (LCSH)
Language: English
Date Of Record Creation: 2014-07-17 16:32:12 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2014-07-17 21:34:59 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2014-08-25 12:34:46 (W3C-DTF)

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