• Accrual to Cancer Clinical Trials

      Kelly, C; Smith, M; Flynn, S; Reyes, A; Higgins, M; McCaffrey, J; Kelly, C (Irish Medical Journal, 2016-07)
      Accrual to cancer clinical trials (CCT) is imperative to safeguard continued improvement in cancer outcomes. A retrospective chart review was performed of patients (n=140) starting a new anti-cancer agent in a north Dublin cancer centre. This review was performed over a four-month period, beginning in November 2015. Only 29% (n=41) had a CCT option. The overall accrual rate to CCT was 5% (n=7), which is comparable to internationally reported figures. The main reasons for failure to recruit to CCT included the lack of a CCT option for cancer type (n=30, 23%), stage (n=25, 19%), and line of treatment (n=23, 17%). Over the last decade, the rate of accrual to CCTs has in fact doubled and the number of trials open to recruitment has tripled. Ongoing governmental and philanthropic support is necessary to continue this trend to further expand CCT patient options with a target accrual rate of 10%.
    • Mater Misericordiae Hospital annual report 1995.

      Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin (Mater Misercordiae Hospital Dublin, 1996)
      The work of the over-all Education Committee has also advanced. The major elements of the Hospital's Education Programme were identified and the extent of the Hospital's involvement in training was established. A review to the levels of supervision and facilities necessary to meet the requirement of accrediting bodies and higher committees on training in the health related professions was undertaken. Areas of special need were identified and discussions are in train to devise ways of meeting them. During the course of the year, numerous seminars and in-house training events took place in addition to the standard inservice programmes and staff development courses. Among the highlights were the management training programme organised in partnership with the Institute of Public Administration in which a large number of key staff participated. New initiatives included the introduction of a diploma course in Medical Informatics in conjunction with University College Dublin. and a new diploma course in Family Therapy in conjunction with the University of Limerick. Work on the development of the curriculum for the Pre-Registration Diploma Course in Nursing in conjunction with University College Dublin also commenced. A number of specialist conferences were held at which many professionals from prestigious centres of excellence abroad were in attendance. Many scientific presentations by our staff together with scientific papers and publications are listed in the report. We acknowledge the support of the Mater Hospital College of Post-Graduate Education and Research which encourages and supports the academic and research interests of both staff and students.