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QCS and HMC hold first joint CPD webinar on lung cancer

QCS and HMC hold first joint
CPD webinar on lung cancer

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QATAR Cancer Society (QCS ) and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) organised the first online continuous professional development (CPD) webinar titled ‘Suspected Lung Cancer Referral Guidelines on a Qatari Digital Platform-MasterBadge Meet’. The webinar targeted 200 primary healthcare providers, nurses and allied health practitioners from both the governmental and private health sector.
Dr Hadi Mohamad Abu Rashid, head of Professional Development and Scientific Research Department at QCS, said: “This CPD activity is a Category 1 - Accredited Group learning activity as defined by the Accreditation Department of Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP) and is approved for a maximum of 1.5 hours.”
He added, “In the framework of the strategic partnership between the HMC and QCS, the communication team at HMC will promote QCS’ continuous medical education activities through digital platforms in order for HMC’s medical staff to benefit from the programmes.”
Dr Abu Rashid stressed the charity’s keenness to organise nationally and internationally accredited professional development programmes for the medical staff aimed at enhancing Qatar’s health care system.
During the webinar, the latest lung cancer statistics globally and locally were presented. According to the Qatar National Cancer Registry (QNCR) 2016, lung cancer was the ninth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Qatar in 2016 and the first causing-death. The survival rate from 2013 till 2016 was 24.24 percent, he informed.
It is noteworthy that the Qatar National Cancer Programme did a survey in May, 2016, which revealed that 68 percent of health experts in Qatar were of the opinion that future investment should be made in capacity building of primary healthcare providers and the community health workforce to fight cancer.
Dr Mohammed Ussama Al Homsi, senior consultant, Oncology, and deputy medical director of Clinical Education, Research and Quality at The National Center for Cancer Care and Research, said “We thank QCS for their support, which enables us to reach primary healthcare providers in Qatar. The webinar supports the mission to provide excellent cancer care in the county.”
Dr Reyad Mohsen, senior consultant, Oncology, National Center for Cancer Care, said : “The webinar aims to provide the participants with practical knowledge about lung cancers and its early signs and symptoms, in order to help them determine when a patient should be referred as a suspected case of cancer.”