November 13, 2020
7. Fostering training and capacity building of human resources
Digital approaches can bring opportunities for the training and education of healthcare professionals for cancer care.
Digital approaches can bring opportunities for training and education of healthcare professionals. There is evidence that digital education functions well, can efficiently replace classroom teaching for students and to some extent practitioners, is widely accessible and affordable as a successful model for the future. As long as the local culture and context are taken into consideration, such approaches can have particular value for knowledge sharing and capacity building in low-resource settings, and are increasingly relevant in the current pandemic.
An initial assessment of needs, including available knowledge on the ground is the starting point. This provides the basis for prioritisation and decision-making on what is feasible, cost effective and sustainable. Examples of easily implementable or ‘smart’ approaches include training or technical capacity building with minimal efforts through multiplier effects such as online training of trainers or pro-bono networks of experts, as well as easy-to-use and free digital solutions that can be used on personal devices. Some digital approaches to support service delivery such as virtual tumor boards, remote capacity building in pathology or care management, may also serve a dual purpose of providing educational opportunities for healthcare professionals.
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