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Building partnership in oral cancer research in a developing country - Processes and barriers
Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention (2009)
  • Rosnah Binti Zain, University of Malaya
Abstract
Background: The rising burden of cancer in the developing world calls for a re-evaluation of the treatment strategies employed to improve patient management, early detection and understanding of the disease. There is thus an increasing demand for interdisciplinary research that integrates two or more disciplines of what may seemed to be highly unrelated and yet very much needed as strategies for success in research. This paper intends to present the processes and barriers faced in building partnerships in oral cancer research in a developing country. Methods: A case study was undertaken in a developing country (Malaysia) to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the situation leading to the formation of a multidisciplinary research partnership in oral cancer. Following the formalization of the partnership, further evaluation was undertaken to identify measures that can assist in sustaining the partnership. Results: The group identifies its strength as the existence of academia, research-intensive NGOs and good networking of clinicians via the existence of the government's network of healthcare provider system who are the policy makers. The major weaknesses identified are the competing interest between academia and NGOs to justify their existence due to the lack of funding sources and well trained human resource. Conclusions: With the growing partnership, the collaborative group recognizes the need to develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) and guidelines for the sharing and usage of resources in order to safeguard the interest of the original partners while also attending to the needs of the new partners.
Keywords
  • Malaysia,
  • Oral cancer,
  • Partnership,
  • Team science
Publication Date
2009
Citation Information
Rosnah Binti Zain. "Building partnership in oral cancer research in a developing country - Processes and barriers" Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention Vol. 10 Iss. 3 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rosnah_zain/88/