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Starting an adolescent cancer unit: Why does it take so long?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Kevin Windebank


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A pragmatic approach is discussed based on the authors' differing experiences while designing new units specifically for adolescents with cancer in Leeds and Newcastle upon Tyne. Planning and implementation are complex and very time consuming. Areas to be considered include: formally identifying needs and adapting to existing local circumstances, convening a working group and involving potential stake-holders at an early stage, designing a suitable physical space, recruiting and integrating staff to create a supportive environment, obtaining financial support, and developing operational policies. For successful running of an adolescent unit, old prejudices must be disavowed and new models of medical care considered. (C) 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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Author(s): Windebank K, Morgan S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Pediatric Blood and Cancer

Year: 2004

Volume: 42

Issue: 3

Pages: 241-248

ISSN (print): 1545-5009

ISSN (electronic): 1545-5017

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


DOI: 10.1002/pbc.10396


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