Health-care providers' perspectives towards childhood cancer treatment in Kenya

F. Njuguna, R. H.M. van der Burgt, A. Seijffert, J. Musimbi, S. Langat, J. Skiles, M. N. Sitaresmi, P. M. van de Ven, G. J.L. Kaspers, S. Mostert

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Background: This study explored perspectives of health-care providers on childhood cancer treatment in Kenya. Materials and Methods: A self-administered questionnaire was completed by 104 health-care providers in January and February 2013. Results: Seventy six percent of the health-care providers believed cancer to be curable. More doctors than other health-care providers had this positive opinion (p=0.037). The majority of health-care providers (92%) believed that most children with cancer will not be able to finish their treatment due to financial difficulties. They considered that prosperous highly-educated parents adhere better with treatment (88%) and that doctors adhere better with treatment for prosperous highly-educated parents (79%). According to 74% of health-care providers, quality of care is better for prosperous highly-educated parents (74%). Most health-care providers reported giving more explanation (71%), work with greater accuracy (70%) and use less difficult vocabulary (55%) to prosperous more educated families. Only 34% of health-care providers reported they feel more empathy towards patients from prosperous families. Reasons for non-adherence with the protocol according to health-care providers are: family refuses drugs (85%), inadequate supply of drugs at pharmacy (79%), child looks ill (75%), and financial difficulties of parents (69%). Conclusions: Health-care providers' health beliefs and attitudes differ for patients with families having high ve rsus low socio-economic backgrounds.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)4445-4450
Aantal pagina's6
TijdschriftAsian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention
Nummer van het tijdschrift9
StatusGepubliceerd - 2016
Extern gepubliceerdJa


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