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Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Professionals
Carmen Salaverria Castillo

First Name: Carmen

Last Name: Salaverria Castillo

Position Title: Psychologist, Fundaciòn Ayudame a Vivir, San Salvador, El Salvador

Job Responsibilities: Combination of Research and Patient Care

Education/Training: Psychology; Master in Psycho-oncology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

About Me/My interests: Clinical: I am interested in the cancer patient family’s adaptation to the disease and treatment, search for meaning in the disease process, coping strategies they implement, palliative care and end of life issues. Palliative care is perhaps my greatest interest, including the quality of care that should be given at the end of life, symptom management, bereavement, and the search for meaning after a child`s death.

Research: I am mostly interested in the dynamics behind treatment non-adherence and abandonment of treatment. Both matters are a grave issue in third world countries, even in countries where treatment is made completely available for parents. More research has to be done in order to discover the potential motivation and grounds for abandonment of therapy.

Training Opportunities:No

My Contact Information:
Address: Vipsal 258, PO Box 02-5364, Miami, Fl 33102
Phone: (503) 2124-9174

Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Palliative care, End of life issues, Bereavement, Non adherence and abandonment of therapy

Publications that may be of interest to others:  

Bonilla M, Rossell N, Salaverria C, Gupta S, Barr R, Sala A, Metzger ML, Sung L. Prevalence and predictors of abandonment of therapy among children with cancer in El Salvador. Int J Cancer. 2009 Nov 1;125(9):2144-6.

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