Check out PlatformQ Health’s Contribution to ASCO’s Latest Cutting-Edge Oncology Research

PlatformQ Health is excited to share a scientific poster that showcases the results from the patient and caregiver online educational program, Positive Knowledge and Behavior Shift Following Video-Based Patient Education on Pancreatic Cancer. The poster was accepted as a moderated poster at the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Annual Meeting. But like most other medical conferences, the in-person 2020 ASCO Annual Meeting was canceled due to COVID-19 and instead a virtual meeting is being held where attendees can access the latest cutting-edge oncology research, engage with virtual exhibits, explore thousands of abstracts and more.

PlatformQ Health has chosen to share their accepted poster using their own proprietary Videobridge technology that allows presenters to speak on behalf of their research from the safety of their own homes. Poster presenter Wendy Turell, DrPH of PlatformQ Health is pleased to share results from the educational evaluation of the program on behalf of all posterauthors  virtually. The poster will also be showcased in the discussant-group presentation “Professional Development and Educational Advances” as part of ASCO’s Virtual Scientific Program, ASCO20 Virtual, accessible for members and conference registrants via

About the Poster

Treatment outcomes for pancreatic cancer are optimized when patients and caregivers are engaged, informed, and supported as participants in their care. However, challenges exist regarding care engagement, disease- and treatment-related education, and the attainment of adequate psychosocial support. To address these needs, PlatformQ Health Education created video-based patient education activities with the National Pancreas Foundation to empower patients and caregivers with information and resources on pancreatic cancer facts, diagnosis, medical management, and strategies to minimize side effects and maximize quality of life.

Data Highlights

  • The program engaged over 6,000 caregivers and patients with an average of 30 minutes spent in session (out of a 60-minute session)
  • At the two months follow up point, 46% reported feeling more in control of their healthcare decisions
  • 69% of learners reported support of models of shared decision-making following education, versus 49% pre-education.
  • Knowledge improvements were observed for 3 of 4 questions related to facts about the pancreas, pancreatic cancer, and treatment

In conclusion, it was found that this online patient and caregiver education program yielded immediate and sustained gains in the educational goals which included knowledge improvement about pancreatic cancer along with improved empowerment and willingness to become more active participants in care. One participant reported after watching the session that, “We are able to question the provider about how they recommend we deal with the many side effects of any treatment they are prescribing and whether or not it is part of their overall concern for the patient.”

Be sure to check out ASCO’s meeting library to view the poster abstract and virtual presentation and the Journal of Clinical Oncology for the published abstract. 


Turell W, Ackbarali T, O’Reilly EM, Alsante M, Pucci K, & Del Nido EA. Effect of video-based patient education on pancreatic cancer knowledge and behavior. J Clin Oncol. 2020;38(15_suppl):11005. doi:10.1200/JCO.2020.38.15_suppl.11005

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