Outcomes from recent ASCO courses

ASCO International Affairs
Jul 14, 2017 8:27 AM

ASCO recently partnered with local organizers to conduct courses in Indonesia and Nigeria. The evaluation forms used at these courses introduced the use of a retrospective pre-post design to evaluate the educational objectives. At the end of the course, respondents were asked to rate their level of understanding or ability on objectives prior to attending and after completing the course. Previously, on-site evaluations collected only post-course results; the new design was used in an effort to measure pre-post change without requiring participants to complete multiple forms.

The first course was an International Palliative Care Workshop held in partnership with Indonesian Society of Psychosomatic Medicine and Indonesian Society of Hematology and Medical Oncology in Jakarta, Indonesia in March. Overall, the responses to the on-site evaluation suggest the course was successful, with positive responses exceeding 90 percent for the behavioral and educational objectives. Ninety-four percent of respondents said that they intend to make practice changes based on what they learned in the course. These changes include improving communication, changes to pain management, and changes to breaking bad news. In addition:

  • 100% of respondents reported an improvement in their ability to manage patients’ symptoms
  • 100% reported an improvement in their ability to use medications and methods to control pain
  • 95% reported an improvement in their ability to communicate with patients about pain

Approximately 60% of respondents rated these abilities as “very good” or “excellent” after the course, compared to between 1% and 6% before the course.

The second report is from a Multidisciplinary Cancer Management Course held in partnership with Medical Women's Association of Nigeria - Akwa Ibom State Branch and University of Uyo Teaching Hospital in Uyo, Nigeria in March. The responses to the on-site evaluation suggest the course was successful in meeting its educational and behavioral objectives, with positive responses exceeding 90 percent for these items. Ninety-seven percent of respondents to the evaluation said that they intend to make practice changes based on what they learned in the course. These intended changes include adopting a multidisciplinary approach to care, referring patients, and creating awareness about cancer. In addition:

  • 99% of respondents reported an improvement in their ability to describe how multidisciplinary teams work together to provide quality care
  • 92% reported an increase in their willingness to consult with specialists to determine best treatment approaches for their patients
  • 98% agreed that they learned new skills in the diagnosis, treatment, and multidisciplinary management of breast, cervical, and prostate cancers.

Impact assessments will be conducted in 2018 to assess the long-term outcomes for each of these courses.