Systems analysis of real-world obstacles to successful cervical cancer prevention in developing countries

Eric J. Suba, Sean K. Murphy, Amber D Donnelly, Lisa M. Furia, Linh D. Huynh, Stephen S. Raab

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Abstract

Papanicolaou screening is feasible anywhere that screening for cervical cancer, the leading cause of cancer-related death among women in developing countries, is appropriate. After documenting that the Vietnam War had contributed to the problem of cervical cancer in Vietnam, we participated in a grassroots effort to establish a nationwide cervical cancer prevention program in that country and performed root cause analyses of program deficiencies. We found that real-world obstacles to successful cervical cancer prevention in developing countries involve people far more than technology and that such obstacles can be appropriately managed through a systems approach focused on programmatic quality rather than through ideological commitments to technology. A focus on quality satisfies public health goals, whereas a focus on technology is compatible with market forces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)480-487
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume96
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2006

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Systems Analysis
Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
Developing Countries
Vietnam
Technology
Root Cause Analysis
Public Health
Neoplasms

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Systems analysis of real-world obstacles to successful cervical cancer prevention in developing countries. / Suba, Eric J.; Murphy, Sean K.; Donnelly, Amber D; Furia, Lisa M.; Huynh, Linh D.; Raab, Stephen S.

In: American journal of public health, Vol. 96, No. 3, 01.03.2006, p. 480-487.

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Suba, Eric J. ; Murphy, Sean K. ; Donnelly, Amber D ; Furia, Lisa M. ; Huynh, Linh D. ; Raab, Stephen S. / Systems analysis of real-world obstacles to successful cervical cancer prevention in developing countries. In: American journal of public health. 2006 ; Vol. 96, No. 3. pp. 480-487.
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