Global Oncology Interest Group

Outcomes of recent Multidisciplinary Cancer Management Course (MCMC) in Nepal

  • 1.  Outcomes of recent Multidisciplinary Cancer Management Course (MCMC) in Nepal

    Posted 02-20-2019 10:42
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    In November 2018, ASCO partnered with Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital and Nepal Cancer Relief Society to present a three-day Multidisciplinary Cancer Management Course in Kathmandu. More than 140 gynecologists, students and other healthcare professionals from Nepal attended the course which featured case-based presentations and interactive sessions on different clinical scenarios related to cervical cancer. The objectives of the course were to improve attendees':

    • Ability to manage cervical cancer or precursor lesions using up-to-date practices
    • Understanding of multidisciplinary cancer management
    • Willingness to consult with specialists to determine best treatment approaches for their patients
    • Ability to provide palliative care services for patients
    • Ability to provide services to screen for cervical cancer
    • Understanding of vaccines and vaccination programs
    • Understanding of ASCO's Resource-Stratified Guidelines
    • Ability to implement ASCO's Resource-Stratified Guidelines

    At the end of the course, all respondents reported that they intended to make practice changes based on what they learned. The most commonly reported intended changes were related to: screening for cervical cancer; treatment or management of cervical cancer; and HPV vaccination.

    The course appears to have been most successful in meeting these objectives, with 87 percent or more of respondents reported an increase on each; these results are similar to the average for all MCMCs where comparison data are available. Management of cervical cancer, vaccination, and screening also had knowledge-based pre- and post-test questions administered via Audience Response System; at post-test, the percentage of respondents selecting the correct answer for questions in these categories were 11 to 19 percentage points higher than the results at pre-test. The course also appears to have been successful in meeting the other educational objectives, with 86 to 96 percent of respondents reporting an increase in their understanding or ability at the end of the course. However, these objectives were not covered in the pre- and post-test, and few respondents reported practice changes in these categories.

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

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