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Outcomes of recent International Palliative Care Workshop (IPCW) in Greece

  • 1.  Outcomes of recent International Palliative Care Workshop (IPCW) in Greece

    Posted 07-18-2019 13:16
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    The American Society of Clinical Oncology is pleased to have partnered with the Hellenic Society of Medical Oncology to present a two-day International Palliative Care Workshop from May 10th - 11th in Athens, Greece. More than 40 oncologists and other health care workers from Greece attended the IPCW. The course featured case-based presentations and interactive sessions on different aspects of palliative care.

    As a result of attending this workshop, attendees should be equipped to:

    • Communicate effectively with patients and their families.
    • Use different medications to control pain effectively and safely.
    • Better manage patients' symptoms.
    • Understand the concepts and principles of palliative and end of life care.
    • Conduct a family meeting.
    • Better manage patients' abdominal, bone, and neuropathic pain.
    • Build a palliative care team.

    At the end of the workshop, 93 percent of respondents said that they intended to make practice changes based on what they learned in the course. The most commonly reported intended changes were related to changes to communication with patients, followed by intent to work with colleagues to deliver palliative care, and changes related to pain management and symptom management. 

    Overall, the majority of respondents reported an increase on each educational objective; however, these results were lower than average for the objectives where comparison data are available. This may be in part due to the use of a retrospective pre-/post-test to measure these objectives; Greece was the fourth IPCW to use this design, and the average ratings at this workshop were higher than the average at both pre- and post-test. In addition, the participants at IPCW Greece may have been more experienced than participants at previous IPCWs, which may have contributed to the lower than average results. Respondents to the Greece evaluation: had more years of experience in their profession; were more likely to be oncologists; and were more likely to spend more than half their practice time with patients with cancer.

    In addition, a retention application called CancerBytes was piloted in conjunction with IPCW Greece. Ten participants completed all 13 steps in the app. Overall, the percent correct on the pre- meeting knowledge check was high, and the average percent correct on the final attempt for each activity was higher than that on the first attempt. A summary report of the pilot is available in Appendix 4 of the report.

    An online survey will be sent to participants one year after the conclusion of the course to assess the long-term impact.

    ASCO International Affairs
    Alexandria, VA


    IPCW Greece 2019 Report.pdf   1.84MB 1 version

  • 2.  RE: Outcomes of recent International Palliative Care Workshop (IPCW) in Greece

    Posted 07-19-2019 09:35

    I am Dr Amarendra Amar, an early career medical oncologist from India. I was selected to participate in the IPCW, Athens with a travel grant by the organisers. However, I was unable to attend the workshop due to unavoidable reasons at my workplace. But, I feel the workshop was a lifetime learning experience for the attendees bringing about a change in the their oncology practice.
    Congratulations to the attendees and many thanks to ASCO and HeSMO for organising such an event. I would look forward to attend palliative care workshop if ASCO selects me for the same.

    Dr Amarendra Amar

  • 3.  RE: Outcomes of recent International Palliative Care Workshop (IPCW) in Greece

    Posted 07-19-2019 14:42

    Dr. Amar,

    Thank you again for your interest in the IPCW. It's unfortunate you were unable to attend.

    For your reference, future course offerings will be posted on our website as they are announced:

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

    ASCO International Affairs
    Alexandria, VA