Results of Cancer Control Education for Primary Care Providers in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Journal of Global Oncology(2017)

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Abstract 28 Background: The global burden of cancer is growing in low- and middle-income countries where availability of specialists to treat cancer is acutely low. To detect cancer earlier, patients must be educated about their risk for cancer and be screened when appropriate. In response to a growing need for cancer education in primary health care, ASCO International created the Cancer Control in Primary Care course, which was piloted in 2015. The purpose of the program is to increase the knowledge of primary health workers so as to recognize signs and symptoms of cancer, increase their ability to talk with patients about their risk, and to know how and when to refer patients for additional screening or diagnostic testing. Methods: ASCO collects data from participants in two stages: an on-site evaluation and a follow-up survey 12 months after the workshop. The survey instruments include questions about practice changes, learning objectives, and demographic information. Results: Follow-up surveys have been conducted for four courses. Ninety-three percent of respondents have reported that they made practice changes after the course. In addition, 90% reported that communication with patients about their risk for cancer had increased, 76% reported that they are screening patients for cancer more than before, and 74% reported that they have worked with specialists to plan treatment for their patients with cancer. Conclusion: Results of the Cancer Control in Primary Care course are positive, and ASCO will continue to collaborate with society and institutional partners to train primary health workers around the world to raise awareness of cancer. AUTHORS' DISCLOSURES OF POTENTIAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST No COIs from the authors.
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