Tackling Health System Delays for Cancer Patients in LMICs: An Innovative Multicomponent Programmatic Intervention in Botswana

@inproceedings{Tapela2016TacklingHS,
  title={Tackling Health System Delays for Cancer Patients in LMICs: An Innovative Multicomponent Programmatic Intervention in Botswana},
  author={Neo M. Tapela and Malebogo Pusoentsi and Kerapetse Botebele and Michael J Peluso and Isaac Nkele and Jason Alexander Efstathiou and Tomer Barak and Ezemaka Okechukwu},
  year={2016}
}
Abstract 67Background:Health system delays are a major contributor to poor outcomes among cancer patients in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In Botswana, while median time from cancer-related symptom onset to first presentation at local health facility is 29 days, median time to initiation of cancer treatment is 401 days. Challenges to timely diagnosis and care include clinicians' lack of knowledge, limited diagnostic capacity, poor coordination between facilities, and socioeconomic… CONTINUE READING