Problem solving for breast health care delivery in low and middle resource countries (LMCs): consensus statement from the Breast Health Global Initiative.

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Breast (Edinburgh, Scotland), Volume 20 Suppl 2, p.S20-9 (2011)

Keywords:

2011, Breast Neoplasms, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Delivery of Health Care, Developing Countries, Female, Health Plan Implementation, Health Planning Guidelines, Human Biology Division, Humans, Interdisciplinary Communication, International Cooperation, Outcome Assessment (Health Care), Patient Advocacy, Problem Solving, Public Health Sciences Division, Qualitative Research, Registries

Abstract:

International collaborations like the Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI) can help low and middle income countries (LMCs) to establish or improve breast cancer control programs by providing evidence-based, resource-stratified guidelines for the management and control of breast cancer. The Problem Solving Working Group of the BHGI 2010 Global Summit met to develop a consensus statement on problem-solving strategies addressing breast cancer in LMCs. To better assess breast cancer burden in poorly studied populations, countries require accurate statistics regarding breast cancer incidence and mortality. To better identify health care system strengths and weaknesses, countries require reasonable indicators of true health system quality and capacity. Using qualitative and quantitative research methods, countries should formulate cancer control strategies to identify both system inefficiencies and patient barriers. Patient navigation programs linked to public advocacy efforts feed and strengthen functional early detection and treatment programs. Cost-effectiveness research and implementation science are tools that can guide and expand successful pilot programs.