• Psychosocial Care in Global Health

    Boy patient in GeorgiaConsistent 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.

    Poor 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.

    Providing 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.

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    Our Global Health Initiative helps provide an accurate, effective, and timely diagnosis, which is the first step towards improved treatment and survival rates.