In 2016, ASCO partnered with the Middle East Cancer Consortium to hold an International Palliative Care Workshop in Almaty, Kazakhstan. One year later, a follow-up survey were sent to participants to assess the impact the course had on their practices.
Eighty percent of respondents said that they were currently spending some of their practice time delivering palliative care to patients at follow up. Sixty-four percent said that they had made practice changes based on what they learned at the course; most of these changes were related to pain management.
In addition, 96 percent of respondents reported that they were better able to:
- Understand the concept and principles of palliative care and end of life
- Work with colleagues to deliver palliative care services
- Communicate with patients and their families about what to expect during the end of life
- Use different methods and medications to control pain