Palliative Care: The Role and Importance of Research in Promoting Palliative Care Practices: Reports from Developing Countries. Volume 3

Michael Silbermann (Editor)
Middle East Cancer Consortium, Haifa, Israel

Series: New Developments in Medical Research
BISAC: HEA028000



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The incidence of cancer is alarmingly increasing worldwide. The major problem that the medical profession is currently facing refers to “late presentation” patients who, for the most part, have reached the terminal stage of the illness. For these people, the only treatment option left is palliative care.

Various patterns of palliation have been in practice in every culture and in every ethnic group for generations. Unfortunately, we still lack significant and sustained investment in research related to the practice of palliative care. Authors from around the globe seek more investment of public and private funds to investigate ways to improve the bedside practice of palliative care. Modern palliative care concepts were established by Dame Cicely Saunders, from London, UK, right after World War II. It is only in the past 15 to 20 years that this new discipline started to develop in the developing world. However, we still lack the essential basic biological processes involved in relieving the suffering of cancer patients while receiving palliative measures throughout the trajectory of the disease.

This book owes its origins in large measure to physicians and nurses in 30 countries globally, who decided to devote their time, energy, compassion and goodwill, to the promotion of palliative care in their countries and communities, yet they lack solid evidence-based data to rely upon while extending their treatment to both patients and family members. The goal, in part, is to bridge the gap between scientists and clinicians from developed countries and those in developing countries.

We have been aware of the variances between cultures, traditions, beliefs and practices. I am continually struck by the seemingly diametrical views of “knowing” and cultures and the strong overlaps that might give rise to new ideas.

We hope that these new volumes will serve to inspire health professionals’ and administrators’ interests and appreciation for the investment in basic and clinical research that will serve to advance our understanding of the underlying physical and emotional factors involved while extending palliative care to patients suffering from cancer and other non-communicable illnesses.
(Imprint: Nova Medicine and Health)


Chapter 1. Cancer Trials in Palliative Care: The Experience in Southern Brazil
(Gabriel dos Anjos, Vera L.O. Freitas, Andressa Azeredo, Gustavo C.L. Gössling, and Gilberto Schwartsmann, Academic Hospital, Federal University (HCPA-UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil)

Chapter 2. Palliative Care Professionals’ Inner Life: Research Outcomes from Brazil
(Laura Galiana PhD, Fernanda Arena and Amparo Oliver, PhD, Universitat de València, València, Spain)

Chapter 3. Palliative Care in Bulgaria: Structure and Human Side - Both Sides of the Coin
(Lyubomir Kirilov Kirov, MD, PhD, Faculty of Medicine, Sofia University, St. Kl. Ohridski, Sofia, Bulgaria, Specialist in General and Internal Medicine, GP, Peshtera, Bulgaria)

Chapter 4. Basic Palliative Care Model for Cancer Patients in the Community: From Research to a National Policy
(Daniela Mosoiu, Liliana Stanciulescu and Florian Strasser, Universitatea "Transilvania" Brasov, Facultatea de Medicina, Director Dezvoltare Nationala si Programe de Educatie, Hospice Casa Sperantei, Brasov, Romania, and others)

Chapter 5. The Impact of Culture on Palliative Care Practice and Application: Religious Beliefs, Education and Socioeconomic Status
(Esmat A. Hassan, Division of Agriculture and Biological Research, National Research Centre, Dokki, Giza, Egypt)

Chapter 6. Evidence-Based Nursing Approaches to Improve Care at the End of Life for Advanced Cancer Patients
(Karima Elshamy, Professor of Medical Surgical Nursing, Head of Critical and Emergency Nursing Department, Faculty of Nursing, Mansoura University, Egypt)

Chapter 7. Palliative Care Research in Middle-Eastern Islamic Countries: Sudan as an Example
(Gafer, Nahla, Asi Alkoronky and Abdullah Rafidah, Cicely Saunders Institute, Kings College London and Clinical Oncologist, Palliative Care Unit, Khartoum Oncology Hospital, Khartoum, Sudan, and others)

Chapter 8. Evolution and Progress in Palliative Care in Cancer Control in Uganda at the Turn of the 21st Century
(Amos Deogratius Mwaka, MD, PhD, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, and others)

Chapter 9. Challenges in Palliative Care Research in Africa
(John K. Weru, Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya)

Chapter 10. Modern Approaches in Research Methods and Practices in Palliative Care
(Zipporah Ali, MD, Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association, Top Plaza, Kilimani, Nairobi, Kenya)

Chapter 11. Current and Future Perspectives in Palliative Care Research in Turkey
(Gonca Tuncel Oguz, MD, Department of Anesthesiology, Palliative Care Unit, Dr. AY Ankara Oncology Education and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey)

Chapter 12. Middle East Consensus Meeting: Evidence-Based Palliative Care in Cancer Patients: General Perspectives and Recommendations for Use of Non-Pharmacological Interventions in Palliative Care of the Cancer Patient
(Gulbeyaz Can, Professor, Istanbul University, Cerrahpasa Florence Nightingale Nursing Faculty, Istanbul, Turkey)

Chapter 13. Our Experience with Research Methods in Palliative Care: Example from Studies with the Middle East Cancer Consortium (MECC)
(Rejin Kebudi and Fatma Betul Cakir, Istanbul University Cerrahpasa, Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology & Istanbul University, Oncology Institute, Istanbul, Turkey, and Bezmialem Vakif University, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Istanbul, Turkey)

Chapter 14. Insights on Palliative Care Research and Needs in Palestine
(Rania Abu Seir, PhD, and Akram Kharroubi, PhD, Faculty of Health Professions, Al-Quds University, Abu Dis, West Bank, Palestine)

Chapter 15. Palliative Care in Syria: A Disregarded Aspect of the Healthcare System
(Alexey Youssef, Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK)

Chapter 16. The Role and Importance of Research in Promoting Palliative Care Practice in Lebanon
(Michel Daher, MD, Faculty of Medicine, University of Balamand, Department of Surgery, and Saint Georges Hospital, Beirut, Lebanon, and others)

Chapter 17. Research in Palliative Care in Iraq: Humble Steps
(Samaher A. Fadhil and Hasanein H. Ghali, Pediatric Hematologist and Oncologist, Children Welfare Teaching Hospital, Medical City, Baghdad, Iraq, and others)

Chapter 18. How Practice-Based Research Stimulates Research-Based Practice: Kazakhstan Experience
(Gulnara Kunirova and Dilyara Kaidarova, President, Kazakhstan Association for Palliative Care, and others)

Chapter 19. Palliative Care Research in Iran: A Review of Current Status
(Maryam Rassouli, PhD, Azam Shirinabadi Farahani, PhD, and Leila Khanali Mojen, PhD, Cancer Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Teheran, Iran)

Chapter 20. Implementing Evidence-Based Psycho-Oncology Data into Clinical Practice of Palliative Care in China
(Lili Tang, Key Laboratory of Carcinogenesis and Translational Research, Department of PsychoOncology, Peking University Cancer Hospital and Institute, Beijing, China)

Chapter 21. Palliative Care Research: Issues and Challenges in Developing and Resource-Constrained Countries with Focus in Southeast Asia
(Maria Minerva P. Calimag, MD, PhD, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Santo Tomas
Manila, Philippines, and others)


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