Earlier this month, ASCO’s Quality Training Program held its first sessions in Romania and Greece, with a local practice in each location hosting the program’s one-day workshop.
On April 3, Dr. Adrian Udrea of Asociația Medisprof, an oncology practice in Cluj, Romania, hosted 5 teams and 24 trainees for a day of focusing on process improvement and best practices aimed at improving the quality care for patients.
“In my opinion this kind of QTP program should be done by every member of the oncology team because it helps you better evaluate your services quality and also offers tools for doing so,” said Alexandra Paval, a pharmacist at Asociația Medisprof who attended the session. “Moreover, it helps identifying areas or domains where you can improve by implementing necesary changes in order to have better perfomances.”
On April 5, Dr. Evi Razis of Contemporary Oncology in Athens, Greece, hosted 12 teams and 26 trainees for a workshop in their community.
Said one of the participants, Dr. Christos Skarleas, a radiation oncologist at Hygeia Hospital in Athens, the QTP “offers invaluable insight on how to use the right tools and methods to improve practices and offer high-quality care. It is a necessary program for every health care provider who is willing to make changes based on data-driven decisions.”
The QTP is designed to prepare oncology care teams to design, implement, and lead successful quality improvement activities in their practice settings. The workshop introduces tools and frameworks that are used in quality improvement and teaches attendees to effectively lead or participate in improvement activities. The goal is to give oncology providers skills and a sense of empowerment to tackle quality improvement projects that will help reduce clinical variation and improve patient outcomes. After completing the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Identify clinical and operational targets for improvement
- Form a high-functioning interdisciplinary improvement team
- Utilize process analysis tools
- Structure a quality improvement project.
To date, more than 100 teams from around the world have participated in the QTP.