In October, ASCO partnered with the Philippine Society of Medical Oncology and the Oncology Nursing Society to hold a Multidisciplinary Cancer Management Course in Manila, Philippines. 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 using a five-point scale ranging from Poor to Excellent.
The results from the on-site evaluation suggest the workshop was successful. Seventy-seven 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 multidisciplinary care, including creating a multidisciplinary team, including more specialties in multidisciplinary teams, and participating in multidisciplinary teams.
On average, respondents rated their ability or understanding for each educational objective as Good (3) before the course; after the course, the average rating for each objective was Very Good (4). In addition, 76 percent or more of respondents reported an increase in their:
- Understanding of how multidisciplinary teams work to provide quality care
- Ability to provide palliative care to patients
- Ability to communicate with patients and their families about diagnosis, treatment options, and palliative care
- Willingness to consult with specialists to determine best treatment approaches for my patients.
- Ability to treat rectal and head and neck cancers
A follow-up survey will be sent to attendees later this year to assess the long term outcomes of the workshop.