Journal article

Education can improve clinician confidence in information sharing and willingness to refer to stem cell clinical trials for cerebral palsy.

Madison Claire Badawy Paton, Megan Finch-Edmondson, Claire Galea, Natasha Garrity, Michael Collingwood Fahey, Iona Novak

J Investig Med | Published : 2021

Abstract

To progress stem cell therapies for cerebral palsy, clinicians need to openly engage with patients about emerging evidence and be willing to refer to relevant clinical trials, if and when appropriate. To assess whether education can change clinicians' confidence in information sharing and willingness to refer to relevant clinical trials, an online questionnaire was distributed at a scientific conference before and after a professional workshop on cell therapies for cerebral palsy. Of the 42 participants who completed the survey, 26 self-identified as clinicians. Of these, 81% had had patients ask about stem cells, yet in the pre-workshop questionnaire indicated they were not confident answer..

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