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Resource Constraints as a Barrier to Lung Cancer Management: Developing Nations

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Resource constraints are a major barrier to lung cancer management, especially in ASIAN developing countries. The availability of data in these issues is very limited. Therefore, this survey was initiated in order to understand the situation of resource constraints in ASIAN developing nations. A 17-item, self-administered, online questionnaire was developed and distributed to IASLC members in ASIAN countries in May-June 2013. A questionnaire was composed of 2 sections: general and specific information focusing on several issues related to resource constraints such as lagging period of new cancer drug approval, economic data submission, man power, availability and accessibility to diagnosis and treatment, waiting time, and payment. There were a total of 75 respondents from China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, and Thailand. The findings of this survey demonstrate that ASIAN developing countries still need the improvement in their resources such as man power, diagnostic procedures, and treatment especially new agents like targeted drugs.

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Thongprasert, S. and Permsuwan, U. (2014) Resource Constraints as a Barrier to Lung Cancer Management: Developing Nations. Health, 6, 845-851. doi: 10.4236/health.2014.69106.


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