ASCO recently conducted follow-up surveys to assess the impact of International Clinical Trials Workshops (ICTW) held in Uruguay and Greece in 2017. The objectives of the ICTW are to:
The first workshop was held in Montevideo, Uruguay in March 2017 in partnership with the Federación Latinoamericana de Sociedades de Cancerología (FLASCA). The second workshop was held in Athens, Greece in May 2017 in partnership with the Hellenic Society of Medical Oncology.
89 percent of respondents to the Uruguay follow-up and all respondents to the Greece follow-up said that they had made practice changes based on what they learned at the workshop. The most frequently reported changes for both workshops included changes related to: roles and responsibilities of the research team; regulations concerning clinical research; and gathering and reporting data according to global standards.
Both workshops appear to have been most successful in increasing participants' ability to evaluate evidence from the medical literature, with 89 percent of Uruguay and 94 percent of Greece respondents saying that they were better able to do so after attending the workshop.
The objectives of furthering best practices in research implementation and undertaking other forms of research appear to have been somewhat successful, with 67 and 61 percent of Uruguay and 76 and 69 percent of Greece respondents reporting using skills that they learned or an improved ability, respectively.
The results for encouraging investigators to do research were split. Sixty-three percent of respondents to the Greece survey reported that their participation in research had increased since attending the workshop; this is similar to the average for previous ICTWs (57 percent). However, only 42 percent of respondents to the Uruguay survey reported that their participation had increased. Similarly, 63 percent of Greece respondents reported that their ability to design and analyze a trial had improved, compared to 47 percent of respondents to the Uruguay survey.
Finally, 37 percent of Uruguay and 44 percent of Greece respondents said that they had received some advice or mentoring for their research activities as a result of attending the workshop. However, only 11 percent of Uruguay and 19 percent of Greece respondents said that they had interacted with another researcher whom they met at the workshop.