Abstract # 2704 A 3+ Year Implementation/Evaluation of Tumor Board Conferences in a Community Radiation Oncology Setting

Presenter: Rakfal, M.D, FACRO, Susan

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Both Formative (process) and Summative (outcomes/impact) evaluations demonstrated improvements during the 3‐year program. We noted more than 40 Formative observations that positively influenced program development and 4 events with negative impacts, the most significant of those 44 total observations were improvements in facilities by the hospital, audiovisual/conferencing support and placement of support staff for Patient Navigation and protocol coordination for clinical trials by our NIH CDRP Disparities Grant and a program expansion to co‐emphasize a Thoracic Tumor Conference. Summative outcomes all indicated significant improvements: For Physician participation (CME credit issued), numbers increased with most 6‐month increments reported from 2004 baseline through 2007: 120 to 156>286>382>644>628>405; (TOTAL: 2501). The total staff attendance at 6 month intervals were from a base of 178 to 300>500>624>995>732>620; (TOTAL: 3471) Cases presented ranged from a base of 34 per 6 months to 49>66>66>84>99>103; (TOTAL: 467). We also detail both longitudinal activity summaries and statistical analyses for case mix and duration, trending analyses and projections by quarterly intervals for all measured endpoints. Most importantly we also summarize a participant Satisfaction Survey measuring 6 vital components. Results suggested specific quality improvements.