Bridging the urological divide


The advanced disease clinical presentations, higher morbidity and mortality rates and lack of available treatment options in prostate cancer care, attest to disparities in the delivery and outcomes of urological services in Black men of African lineage in both the Developed and Developing countries. This gap in health care and services in the global management of prostate cancer denotes the urological divide. Through the experience of a Developing Country urologist with a comparative literature review, this presentation defines the determinants of the disparity through deficiencies in human, material and financial resources, as is most prevalent in Developing countries. Solutions to ending health care disparities must take into account the existing development phase of Third World countries and thus determine whether the Developed countries should export a total service delivery system or seek primarily to advance the competence and skills of the existing Developing Country resources. Collaboration in prostate cancer research has the greatest promise and sustainability of bridging this urological divide and is of mutual benefit to both entities.

DOI: 10.1186/1750-9378-6-S2-S4

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@inproceedings{Roberts2011BridgingTU, title={Bridging the urological divide}, author={Robin Roberts}, booktitle={Infectious Agents and Cancer}, year={2011} }