Visit this page for more information regarding cancer care through resources, information, and other websites.
NCI Center for Global Health Releases Advancing Global Cancer Research throughh Coordination, Collaboration, and Communication
The NCI Center for Global health (CGH) has released a new publication, “Advancing Global Cancer Research through Coordination, Collaboration, and Communication.” hi lighting recent activities and milestones. Read the publication to learn about CGH’s efforts in the areas of:
Cancer Research and Cancer Control Planning
Monitoring Research Efforts
Information Dissemination and Capacity Building
CGH’s collaborations with the U.S. National Institutes of Health and other international partners are also highlighted in the publication.
To learn more about CGH, visit cancer.gov/globalhealth and follow on twitter @NCIGlobalHealth
For more information on Mobile Heath Care, the website below has detailed information regarding mHealth.
“Mobile health, or mHealth, is broadly the use of mobile and wireless technologies to support the delivery and utilization of health care services. mHealth is a young field and a limited evidence base exists for demonstrating its efficacy, effectiveness and comparative effectiveness, especially its cost-effectiveness.
There are several compounding factors leading to this situation:
• The evidence that does exist is not necessarily readily available—some resides in peer-reviewed literature, but much of it also resides in grey literature including blog posts, presentations, mailing list discussions and other informal sources
• There is anecdotal evidence that well-written papers are not being accepted by health journals due to confusion from publishers about whether mHealth is a “health” or “IT” intervention
• Even when evidence is available, it is not always easy to gauge the strength of it
• The evidence base is growing rapidly and it is difficult for individuals to keep up-to-date
The lack of a well-understood, rigorous base of evidence for mHealth leads to several challenges:
• Ministries of Health, multilateral institutions and donors are unable to make informed decisions about which interventions warrant additional investment for research or implementation and scale-up
• Implementers are not sure which solutions and specific features to include in their programs to maximize effectiveness and produce the highest health impact
• Researchers have difficulty knowing where to focus their research efforts
The end result is reduced effectiveness and efficiency:
• Scarce human and financial resources may be wasted on interventions that have already been shown to be ineffective in improving health outcomes or not cost-effective
• Evidence-based activities may not receive the funding they deserve due to a lack of awareness regarding their efficacy or effectiveness
• Interventions may be of poor quality due to a failure to incorporate known best practices or to learn from past failures
In order to address the core challenge of a limited evidence base, the mHealth Evidence website was developed to be the leading resource for cataloging, categorizing and grading mHealth evidence. This site contains both peer-reviewed and grey literature on mHealth activities in developed and developing countries and is curated with sources proactively identified or included based on request. Material is classified using a harmonized taxonomy, scored using objective criteria, easily filtered and searchable to facilitate the identification of evidence-based, high-impact mHealth practices.”