Follow-up Surveys Conducted for International Palliative Care Workshops

ASCO International Affairs
Feb 08, 2017 12:45 PM

In the fall of 2015, ASCO partnered with local organizers to hold International Palliative Care Workshops (IPCW) in Morocco and Nepal. One year later, follow-up surveys were sent to participants to assess the impact the course had on their practices.

The first IPCW was held in Fez, Morocco in September 2015 in partnership with the Department of Medical Oncology, Hassan II University Hospital. Eighty-six percent of respondents said that they had made practice changes based on what they learned at the course; these changes included improved pain and symptom management, and improvements to breaking bad news.

In addition, respondents reported the following outcomes:

  • 100% said that they are better able to provide appropriate pain management
  • 95% said that they are better able to communicate with patients and families about end of life issues
  • 95% said that they are better able to evaluate palliative care patients in primary care
  • 95% said that they are better able to recognize palliative care emergencies and refer to specialists as needed

The second IPCW was held in Kathmandu, Nepal in November 2015 in partnership with the Nepalese Association of Palliative Care (NAPCare) and Nepal Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (NCHRC). Eighty-nine percent of respondents said that they had made practice changes based on what they learned at the course, including changes to pain and symptom management, and improved communication with patients.

In addition, respondents reported the following outcomes:

  • 100% said that they are better able to administer different methods and medications to control pain
  • 100% said that they are better able to provide comprehensive symptom management to patients
  • 94% said that they are better able to work with colleagues to provide palliative care services 
  • 89% said that they were better able to communicate with patients and their families about what to expect during the end of life