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Audit of Transfusion-related Practices and Equipment in 102 Hospitals

Blood banks are the link between blood centers and hospitals. A blood transfusion organization places emphasis on the application of standard operating procedures (SOPs), the use and calibration of blood bank equipment, and preventive measures for probable risks and mistakes. The current study has evaluated 102 blood banks according to practices and equipment, and then categorized the evaluated blood banks into three groups based on their scores. More...

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A Monthly Peer-Reviewed Medical Journal Published by the Academy of Medical Sciences of the I.R. Iran; Indexed in PubMed/MEDLINE, ISI Web of Science, EMBASE, SCOPUS, CINHAL, PASCAL, CSA, SID, ISSN: Print 1029-2977, Online 1735-3947.The impact factor of Archives of Iranian Medicine according to Journal Citation Reports®(JCR®) 2012 is 1.222.

Selected Article
Situation Analysis of the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program in the I. R. of Iran; Assessment and Recommendations Based on the IAEA imPACT Mission 1

Authors' affiliations: 1Cancer Research Center, Cancer Institute of Iran, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. 2Cancer Office, Non-Communicable Disease Control Center, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, the I.R. of Iran. 3Cancer Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. 4Department of Clinical Oncology, Imam Hossein Hospital, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. 5Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

•Corresponding author and reprints: Kazem Zendehdel MD PhD, Cancer Research Center, Cancer Institute of Iran. Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran 1419733141, Iran. P.O. Box: 19395-566, Telefax: +98 21 66561638, E-mail:,


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Authors: Mohammad Reza Rouhollahi1, Mohammad Ali Mohagheghi2, Narges Mohammadrezai3, Reza Ghiasvand4, Ali Ghanbari Motlagh5, Iraj Harirchi6, *Kazem Zendehdel7,
Keywords: Cancer, Control, Situational Analysis, I.R. of Iran.

INTRODUCTION: Iran was engaged in the Program of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) in 2012, and delegates from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the World Health Organization (WHO) evaluated the National Cancer Control Program (NCCP) status (the imPACT mission), based on which they provided recommendations for improvements of NCCP in the I.R. of Iran. We reported the results of this situational analysis and discussed the recommendations and their implication in the promotion of NCCP in the I.R. of Iran. 
METHODS: International delegates visited the I.R. of Iran and evaluated different aspects and capacities of NCCP in Iran. In addition, a Farsi version of the WHO/IAEA self-assessment tool was completed by local experts and stakeholders, including experts from different departments of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME) and representatives from the National Cancer Research Network (NCRN). Following these evaluations, the PACT office provided recommendations for improving the NCCP in Iran. Almost all the recommendations were endorsed by MOHME.
RESULTS: The PACT program provided 31 recommendations for improvement of NCCP in Iran in six categories, including planning, cancer registration and information, prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, and palliative care. The most important recommendation was to establish a strong, multi-sectoral NCCP committee and develop an updated national cancer control program.
CONCLUSION: The imPACT mission report provided a comprehensive view about the NCCP status in Iran. An appropriate response to these recommendations and filing the observed gaps will improve the NCCP status in the I.R. of Iran.

ISSN:1029-2977       Article type:Original


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