Research conducted by Research Partnership published in leading medical journal
Findings from a study conducted by Research Partnership have recently been published in the ‘Supportive Care in Cancer’ journal
The journal provides members of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) and other interested parties with the most recent scientific and social information on all aspects of supportive care in cancer patients.
Commissioned by Mundipharma, the paper is titled ‘Patient and oncologist perceptions regarding symptoms and impact on quality-of-life of oral mucositis in cancer treatment: results from the Awareness Drives Oral Mucositis PercepTion (ADOPT) study’. The aim of the research was to assess the level of concordance between the perspectives of oncologists and those of patients regarding oral mucositis (OM) symptoms, and the impact of OM on various aspects of daily living and concurrent cancer management.
105 Oncologists involved in OM management and 175 patients who had developed OM during cancer treatment, were recruited from seven countries across Asia including Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and South Korea. Oncologists completed a face-to-face, quantitative interview and patients completed a face-to-face interview and a self-reported questionnaire. The study found that Oncologists and patients ranked treatment-induced OM among the three most important toxicities of cancer therapy requiring intervention. But while oncologists’ concerns related to the delays and interruptions of cancer treatment, patients tended to focus on the effects of OM on eating, drinking, and talking.
Research Partnership’s Asia-Pacific team was responsible for the study design, translation of research materials, data collection and processing, as well as statistical analysis of the data and reporting. Commenting on the publication, project lead and Associate Director Nicole Bender Moreira said: “It has been a true honour to work on this exciting project. This study has been a great example of a successful collaboration between the industry and medical communityboth working together to raise awareness of a condition that is significantly impacting cancer patients’ quality of life, and calling for more supportive and interventional care.”
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