1561P - Study of the satisfaction level of an education program for cancer patients

Date 10 September 2017
Event ESMO 2017 Congress
Session Poster display session
Topics Supportive Care
Palliative and Supportive Care
Patient Education
Presenter Yoonsun Kim
Citation Annals of Oncology (2017) 28 (suppl_5): v543-v567. 10.1093/annonc/mdx388
Authors Y. Kim1, H.Y. Lee2, B.G. Seo3, Y.H. Choi3, K.A. Kwon4, E.J. Son5
  • 1Patient Education Team, Dongnam Institute of Radological and Medical Sciences-DIRAMS, 619-953 - Busan/KR
  • 2Patient Education Team, Medical Oncology & Hematology Department, Dongnam Institute of Radological and Medical Sciences-DIRAMS, 619-953 - Busan/KR
  • 3Medical Oncology & Hematology Department, Dongnam Institute of Radiological & Medical Sciences, 139-706 - Busan/KR
  • 4Medical Oncology & Hematology Department, Dongnam Institute of Radiological & Medical Sciences, 619-953 - Busan/KR
  • 5Nutrition Team, Dongnam Institute of Radological and Medical Sciences-DIRAMS, 619-953 - Busan/KR

Abstract

Background

As the demand for cancer patient education has increased lately, the administrative body of the universal health insurance in South Korea has decided to include the cost for cancer patient education to its insurance coverage. Dongnam Institute of Radiological Medical Sciences (DIRAMS) in Busan, South Korea, created its cancer patient education program in 2016 and has educated cancer patients about their treatments according to the program since then. This paper will discuss the study conducted at the hospital in order to estimate the level of satisfaction among the patients who participated in the education program.

Methods

The program consists of an 80-minute long education session led by a doctor, a nurse, and a clinical dietitian before each cancer patient receives his or her chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a surgery. questionnaire survey was conducted on patients who participated in the education program from July 2016 to March 2017.

Results

Among the patients who participated in the survey, the number of patients who had chemotherapy education is 663. Stomach cancer was the most prevalent cancer type in this group, followed by cholangiocarcinoma. 75.3% of the patients in this group received palliative chemotherapy, and the rest received adjuvant chemotherapy. The satisfaction level of the chemotherapy education was 4.98 on a five-point Likert scale. The number of patients who had the radiotherapy education was 195. Breast cancer represents the largest portion in this group. The satisfaction level of the radiotherapy education was 4.3. The number of patients who received the surgery education was 70. The satisfaction level of the surgery education was 4.6.

Conclusions

The total 928 patients who participated in the education program rate their level of satisfaction as 4.8 in average on a scale of 1 to 5. This high rating can be seen as an indication of high satisfaction in the quality of the education about their treatments. To enhance the education program further, it will be worthwhile to investigate improvements in each part of the program and in the perspective of patients. Subsequently, it is also worthwhile to investigate how the education program affects cancer patients.

Clinical trial identification

Legal entity responsible for the study

Ha Young Lee

Funding

None

Disclosure

All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.