580P - To asses the knowledge, attitude and practice [KAP] of paramedical staff towards chemotherapy drugs and their administration and effect of a capsul...

Date 18 December 2016
Event ESMO Asia 2016 Congress
Session Poster lunch
Topics Anticancer Agents
Presenter Abhishek Pathak
Citation Annals of Oncology (2016) 27 (suppl_9): ix184-ix189. 10.1093/annonc/mdw603
Authors A. Pathak1, A. Rathore2, C. Dharani2
  • 1Medical Oncology, Army Hospital Research & Referal, 110010 - New Delhi/IN
  • 2Medical Oncology, Army Hospital RR, 110010 - New Delhi/IN



Cancer ranks third important health problem throughout the world. Studies directed towards knowledge, attitude and practice of nurses to the chemotherapy drugs and the effect of capsule course on the same is aims to develop high professional standard for nurses using chemotherapeutic drugs. It was observed that there was definite lack of knowledge in administering chemo drugs and managing their side effects as well the glaring fact that thenurses/paramedical staff have a casual attitude in knowing the administration, side effects of handling these dangerous drugs.


A multiple choice questionnaire, which included ten question about knowledge, ten question about practice and five questions about attitude, was prepared Baseline knowledge, practice and attitude, status(KAP) was determined by giving questionnaire to 100nurses/paramedical staff and then capsule course was conducted and again re-evaluation was done to assess change in KAP, Every three monthly KAP studies was assessed. Total of 10 hrs of lectures with practical were conducted. The data gathering process continued till the required number of samples was achieved. The data collected was analyzed in terms of frequency and percentage and was presented in the form of tables and graphs.


Their knowledge was evaluated by a questionnaire. On evaluating the questionnaire it was found that people in study group 1 especially Nursing officers with more than 18 years were possessing good knowledge of methodology of administration of chemotherapeutic drugs . After repeated capsule courses, there was significant change in knowledge, practice and as well as attitude. Overall, nurses appear to have a positive attitude towards chemotherapy. They realize that chemotherapy is a more involved process than just administering intravenous drugs and have an awareness of the safety issues and consequences of administration., At the beginning 55% participants answered correct. after 12 months this percentage increased to 65% and reached up to 80.2% after 24 months.


A short and basic introductory course to be made mandatory to those nurses/paramedical staff who have never worked with cancer patients.

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Indian Army


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.