By Kelly Simpson, Manager, Global Initiatives
NCCN recently sent NCCN Trends™ Surveys to registered users of NCCN.org from China, Brazil, India, Spain, and Russia to learn more about who they are and how they use the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines™). These NCCN Trends™ International Surveys reveal that the majority of international users of NCCN.org are practicing physicians in a cancer specialty, including medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, and surgical oncology. Approximately 85 percent of respondents in China (n=130); 85 percent in Brazil (n=127); 86 percent in India (m=167); 84 percent in Spain (n=160); and 100 percent in Russia (n=20) indicate this role.
Of polled NCCN.org users in China, 91 percent report to use NCCN Guidelines™ “frequently” or “very frequently” to direct treatment of their patients with cancer. Almost 90 percent of this survey group indicate that they are most interested in NCCN Guidelines recommendations for treatment with drugs and biologics, as compared to surgery, biomarkers, radiation therapy, and supportive care. Indeed, across all five surveys, drugs and biologics are cited as the NCCN Guidelines recommendations of most interest.
Of the 127 survey respondents in Brazil, 108 note use of the NCCN Guidelines at least twice a month. When polled on professional medical education formats, these respondents indicate that journal articles are the most frequently utilized formats, while live congresses are the most preferred. NCCN.org users in India echo this result, citing journal articles as the most prevalent form of professional medical education, but live congresses as the most attractive. Results from the India survey also show that approximately 30 percent of respondents report use of the NCCN Guidelines more than five times a month; 28 percent report use five to 10 times per month; and 27 percent report use two to four times per month. Four respondents in India (2.4 percent) indicate that they do not use the NCCN Guidelines because recommended products or technologies differ from those locally available.
Data from the survey sent to NCCN.org users from Spain shows that journal articles are the most preferred format for medical education. Also according to the data, journal articles, as well as live congresses, are the most frequently utilized format. Of the 160 survey respondents from Spain, 126, or 79 percent, note use of the NCCN Guidelines at least twice a month.
All respondents from Russia indicate that they are practicing specialized cancer physicians. Half of these respondents report that they use NCCN Guidelines 10 or more times a month and an additional 15 percent indicate “more than 10 times per month.” According to the survey, live congresses are the most frequently utilized format of professional medical education in Russia as well as the most preferred.These preliminary international surveys unveil some insight into the value and applications of the NCCN Guidelines in practices in China, Spain, India, Brazil, and Russia. Please click here to view the published survey results. To learn about other NCCN international initiatives, please visit NCCN International Programs.