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Ethiopian paediatric oncology registry progress report: documentation practice improvements at tertiary care centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  1. Scott Levy1,
  2. Atalay Mulu Fentie2,
  3. Kaitlyn Buhlinger3,
  4. Stephen M Clark3,
  5. David N Korones4,5,
  6. Vanessa Miller6,
  7. Thomas B Alexander3,6,
  8. Sheila Weitzman7,
  9. Wondwessen Bekele4,
  10. Julie Broas4,
  11. Aziza Shad4,8,
  12. Megan Roberts9,
  13. Michael Chargualaf3,
  14. Diriba Fufa10,
  15. Tadele Hailu11,
  16. Mulugeta Ayalew Yimer12,
  17. Mohammed Mustefa13,
  18. Abdulkadir M Said Gidey2,
  19. Ali Mamude Dinkiye2,
  20. Haileyesus Adam2,
  21. Daniel Hailu2,
  22. Benyam Muluneh9
  1. 1School of Medicine and Dentristry, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York, USA
  2. 2Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Oromia, Ethiopia
  3. 3University of North Carolina Medical Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
  4. 4The Aslan Project, Washington, DC, USA
  5. 5Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medicial Center, Rochester, New York, USA
  6. 6Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina System, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
  7. 7Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  8. 8The Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai, Sinai Health System, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  9. 9University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina System, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
  10. 10Jimma Medical Center, Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia
  11. 11St Paul's Hospital Millennium Medical College, Addis Ababa, Oromia, Ethiopia
  12. 12Pediatrics, Gondar College of Medical Sciences, Gondar, Ethiopia
  13. 13Ayder Comprehensive Specialized Hospital, Mekelle University, Mekelle, Tigray, Ethiopia
  1. Correspondence to Scott Levy, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14642, USA; levy.scott8{at}gmail.com

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Limited data are available regarding cancer in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), distorting the true burden of paediatric cancer.1 A sobering statistic based on available data shows that more than 80% of children diagnosed with cancer in high-income countries survive, while fewer than 25% of children in LMICs survive.2 While access to paediatric oncological care in Ethiopia is improving, the establishment of a national paediatric cancer registry remains an unmet need. Building on our previous work, we sought to standardise patient treatment documentation within the paediatric haematology and oncology department at Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital (TASH) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to begin formal paediatric cancer registration at TASH.3

We interviewed medical record users and observed that there was a lack of consistency in treatment documentation as well as variability in the collection of data relating to cancer diagnoses. We attempted to address these gaps in documentation through the creation of two separate sets of data …

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  • DH and BM are joint senior authors.

  • Contributors All authors contributed to worksheet design and implementation. SL conducted the in-person interviews and created the first draft of the treatment worksheets and manuscript. SL performed the chart review and data analysis. All authors contributed to drafting the manuscript and approved the final version of the manuscript.

  • Funding This work was supported by the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry International Medicine Grant.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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