, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 512-517
Date: 19 Mar 2010

Development and Validation of a Nutritional Education Pamphlet for Low Literacy Pediatric Oncology Caregivers in Central America

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A culturally appropriate nutrition education pamphlet was developed and validated for low-literacy caregivers in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. The pamphlet was developed after a preliminary survey of pediatric oncology nurses in the 3 countries to assess the need for education materials, caregiver literacy levels, and local eating habits. Experts in nutrition and low-literacy patient education and pediatric oncology nurses validated the pamphlet’s content and design. The pamphlet was validated positively and has been circulated to pediatric oncology caregivers in Central America.

Melissa Garcia’s studies reported in this paper done as part of the Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) and Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) funded by the National Cancer Institute. Additional funding in part by grants 5R25CA023944 and 2P30CA021765 from the National Cancer Society and ALSAC (American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities).