The aims of this study were 1. to evaluate the usability of workshop to introduce and manage distress screening effectively and efficiently and to use it for cancer patients and their family and 2. to consider the appropriate subject of workshop.
We hold workshop leaning how to introduce and manage distress screening effectively and efficiently and how to use it for cancer patients and their family for medical staffs at designated cancer hospital. Participants responded to the questionnaire before and after the workshop on site and three months later on the web.
All of the participants answered the questionnaire on the site (n=51). Six of ten knowledge about screening was significantly improved after the workshop. They reaffirmed the usability of screening after the workshop. The workshop was highly regarded by participants.
Thirty-eight of fifty-one participants responded to web questionnaire three months later. (Response rate: 75%) More than thirty percent of participants put into practice what they learned in the workshop. The workshop decreased interference of screening practice three months later. Knowledge of screening before the workshop was positively correlated to number of cancer patients at hospital where participants worked, number of cases which participants experienced and how long participants were involved in screening and palliative care team. And view of screening before the workshop was negatively correlated to number of cancer patients at hospital where participants worked and how many cases of cancer patient participants experienced.
This study indicated the usability of workshop to spread screening triage program regarding to cancer patients’ distress. The workshop may be appropriate for medical staffs who have relatively little experience of screening and palliative care team and who have difficulty in screening practice at designated cancer hospitals where number of cancer patients is relatively small.