Oral and Subcutaneous Anticancer Therapy Training Course for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals: a Survey Evaluating the Relevance of its Content and its Implications in the Practice of Cancer Care.

Shumilov, Evgenii; Vehling-Kaiser, Ursula; Damnali, Gamze; Schulz, Xenia; Kaiser, Ulrich; Bacher, Ulrike; Kaiser, Florian (2020). Oral and Subcutaneous Anticancer Therapy Training Course for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals: a Survey Evaluating the Relevance of its Content and its Implications in the Practice of Cancer Care. (In Press). Journal of cancer education Springer 10.1007/s13187-020-01794-2

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The creation of antitumor agents with an oral or subcutaneous route of administration has had important positive implications in the development of drugs to treat cancers, but issues such as false drug intake, uncontrolled side effects, and limited supervision may jeopardize the ability of these agents to improve treatment. A potential solution is the recruitment of non-physician healthcare professionals (i.e., nurses and physician assistants) and a special training course for them that focuses on the improvement of patient compliance. We developed and implemented three special professional training modules for non-physician healthcare professionals, which focus on the pharmacological aspects and side effects of oral and subcutaneous antitumor medications in regard to management strategies and communication issues that these non-physician healthcare professionals should address. Subsequently, we administered a questionnaire survey evaluating the course content and the implementation of the course in practice to the training participants to collect data for its implementation. Of 165 questionnaires that were administered, 44 (27%) were answered. The participants rated the course as being highly useful for their daily work. The participants reported a significant improvement in their professional expertise from the course. They emphasized the importance of medical topics and practical content to be included in the course delivery. The course encouraged 75% of the responders to start independent consultations with cancer patients that focused on questions of medication adherence for oral and subcutaneous antitumor medications, as well as the management of their side effects. Based on our results, at least a portion of the non-physician healthcare workforce is highly interested in engaging in active and autonomous co-supervision of patients who are treated with oral and subcutaneous antitumor medications. In addition to the theoretical basics of the treatment modalities, educational courses on oral and subcutaneous antitumor medications for non-physician healthcare professionals should focus on practical training and topics relevant to patient care.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Haematology, Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Laboratory Medicine and Hospital Pharmacy (DOLS) > Clinic of Haematology and Central Haematological Laboratory

UniBE Contributor:

Bacher, Vera Ulrike

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1543-0154

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Pierrette Durand Lüthi

Date Deposited:

01 Jul 2020 08:23

Last Modified:

01 Jul 2020 08:23

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s13187-020-01794-2

PubMed ID:

32588349

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Cancer patients Non-physician healthcare professionals Oral and subcutaneous antitumor medications Training course

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.144933

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/144933

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