Primary health care professionals perception on the subject of cancer care in remote area

Priyanka Yadav
2020 Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Care  
Objectives: To determine perception of primary health care professional on the subject of cancer care in area with lack of facilities. Study design: Community based cross sectional survey among primary health care professionals were performe. The questionnaire included questions measuring health care professionals preferences for involvement in managing cancer patients care in terms of detection, prevention and treatment modalities and counseling about associated factors.Results: One hundred
more » ... ty-seven practicing professionals participated in the study. Majority of the respondents felt that lack of specialty and facility, motivated the health care professional to refer the cases at higher center. Half of the participant knew that screening camps in rural areas are important means of spreading the awareness in low health literacy level population. With the same perception 85% of participants felt that lack of specialization in oncology acted as barrier in treatment at primary center. Irrespective of clinical diagnosis all participants told that they are usually involved in consulting and provide psychological support to the patients. Conclusions: Health care professional do have excellent understanding about cancer care and various related factors but in view of lack of facilities and required necessary investigation in long term follow-up turn the physician choice to adopt the referral services in favors of safety of the patient. Health care professionals occupy a challenging pivotal role in clinically detection of the cancer. It is crucial that this role should be supported by providing required facilities in remote areas.
doi:10.31557/apjcc.2020.5.1.57-59 fatcat:ykpiyxozprct3b6h5yukxwyp3m