In July, ASCO partnered with the Russian Society of Clinical Oncology to hold an International Clinical Trials Workshop (ICTW) in Moscow. This was the first ICTW at which a retrospective pre-post design was used 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.
The results from the on-site evaluation suggest the workshop was successful. Ninety-five percent of respondents said that they intended to make a practice change based on what they had learned; respondents most frequently reported intended changes to study design or statistics.
Eighty-four percent of respondents also reported an increase in their understanding of principles of statistics for researchers. However, the results for this topic are somewhat mixed, as many respondents also reported that some aspect of statistics remained unclear after the course.
In addition, over 80 percent of respondents reported an improvement in their:
- Ability to write a protocol
- Ability to publish research findings
- Ability to evaluate evidence from the medical literature
- Understanding of global standards for gathering and reporting data
An impact assessment will be conducted in 2018 to determine the long-term outcomes of the workshop.