ASCO recently conducted follow-up surveys to assess the impact of courses held in 2019. The first was an International Palliative Care Course held in Athens, Greece in May 2019 in partnership with the Hellenic Society of Medical Oncology.
Eighty-six percent of respondents said that they had made practice changes based on what they learned at the course. The most frequently reported changes were related to communication with patients and their families. In addition, more than 80 percent of respondents reported using skills learned at the course to: communicate with patients and their families; manage patients' pain; and manage patients' symptoms. Sixty-four percent reported using skills learned at the course to conduct a family meeting, and 43 percent reported using what they learned at the course to build a palliative care team.
The second course was held in Kathmandu, Nepal in November 2019 and focused on screening for and treatment of cervical cancer. The course was generously supported by Celgene Corporation, and training models were donated by Rice University.
All respondents reported making practice changes based on what they learned at the course. The most commonly reported changes were related to cervical cancer screening and management. All respondents also reported implementing or trying to implement the cervical cancer screening guidelines presented at the course. In addition, 89 percent of respondents reporting using skills they learned at the course to perform visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) and colposcopy, and 72 percent reported using skills learned at the course to perform loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP). Finally, half of respondents said that they had used skills demonstrated at the course to provide thermal ablation therapy.