Beyond the bench and the bedside: Economic and health systems dimensions of global childhood cancer outcomes

Avram E. Denburg, Felicia M. Knaul, Rifat Atun, Lindsay A. Frazier, Ronald D. Barr

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Abstract

Globally, the number of new cases of childhood cancer continues to rise, with a widening gulf in outcomes across countries, despite the availability of effective cure options for many pediatric cancers. Economic forces and health system realities are deeply embedded in the foundation of disparities in global childhood cancer outcomes. A truly global effort to close the childhood cancer divide therefore requires systemic solutions. Analysis of the economic and health system dimensions of childhood cancer outcomes is essential to progress in childhood cancer survival around the globe. The conceptual power of this approach is significant. It provides insight into how and where pediatric oncology entwines with broader political and economic conditions, and highlights the mutual benefit derived from systems-oriented solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)572-576
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric Blood and Cancer
Volume61
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Access to medicines
  • Economics
  • Global health
  • Health systems
  • Innovative financing
  • Pediatric oncology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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