Staff Awareness Of Oncology and Haematology Clinical Trials (OHCT) – Bridging The Information Gap


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Emma Mcmunagle1,Yasmine Yau1
1Guy's and St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust

Abstract

Background

The OHCT multidisciplinary team delivers clinical trials and innovative treatment options for patients at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals. Information is mostly provided to patients by their clinicians. However, many frontline staff members may lack the confidence and knowledge to discuss clinical trials with patients. This project aims to identify where gaps are in Oncology and Haematology directorate staff awareness of the OHCT team, with a view to addressing these areas, to ensure patients and their carers are aware of all the research options available to them.

Method

Questionnaires were completed by 48 directorate staff members from a broad range of roles. Questions were related to staff awareness, willingness and confidence in discussing clinical trials to patients. It also explored how staff felt they could be supported in developing their knowledge about clinical trials. Responses to questionnaires were quantitatively analysed for trends.

Results

Results showed positive attitudes, awareness and willingness to talk to patients about clinical trials, highlighting good relationships between the OHCT team and the wider directorate. However, despite 50% stating they had had been approached about clinical trials by patients, 61% of staff felt less than confident to pass information onto patients. 90% stated they would attend a structured teaching session about clinical trials if it was available.

Conclusion

The results show there is a range of understanding of the clinical trials available in the Oncology and Haematology directorate, at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals. As clinical trials offer patients more treatment options and patients become more aware of these, the OHCT team must develop structured support for staff in the directorate to ensure all patients receive detailed signposting, information and the most suitable treatment options. Future teaching sessions and strategies to engage staff with OHCT will be invaluable in ensuring patients make informed choices about their treatment options.

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