with the core values of Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood
Disorders Center, psychosocial care is a necessary component of optimal care of
children with cancer anywhere in the world. Our global programs address psychosocial problems as a necessary part of improving outcomes,
mitigating the effect of cancer on children and families, and maximizing
resources in the developing world.
outcomes in the developing world are often the result of limited access and low
adherence. These issues are linked to problems such as lack of transportation,
housing, and other concrete needs. Also playing a significant role in adherence
issues are factors such as limited patient-family understanding of illness and
treatment, need for trust-building between family and team, and difficulty
navigating complex medical systems. The role of psychosocial care is central in
addressing all of these issues.
clinical consultation onsite in partner countries is an opportunity for providers
to gain an on-the-ground perspective of care systems and clinical needs. Hosting
international provider teams allows for observation of service delivery and
patient care. Ongoing weekly teleconferencing and clinical consultation to
partners is also provided. Recommendations and consultation utilizing evidence-based
clinical approaches assists our partners in addressing the complex needs
children and families.
Learn more about our Global Health Initiative programs.
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