Physician, patient, and caregiver support for a formal certification in pediatric neuro-oncology: A survey-based report from the SNO pediatrics working group. Neuro-oncology advances Lindsay, H. B., Cheng, S., Fisher, P. G., Peters, K. B., Walsh, K. M., Ashley, D. M., Huang, A. 2023; 5 (1): vdad130


Although CNS tumors are the most common pediatric cancer in the United States, most physicians caring for these patients are not formally certified in the subspecialty. To determine support for developing a formal certification process in pediatric neuro-oncology, the Society for Neuro-Oncology's Pediatrics Special Interest Track Training and Credentialing working group performed a cross-sectional survey-based study of physicians and patients/caregivers of children with a CNS tumor history.Surveys were built in Survey Monkey and were available for 3 months. The physician survey had 34 questions and was open to doctors currently caring for pediatric neuro-oncology patients. The patient/caregiver survey had 13 questions. Both surveys were completed anonymously.The physician survey was completed by 193 participants, the majority of whom self-identified as oncologists. Only 5.6% of survey participants had ever been board-certified in neuro-oncology; the majority of participating physicians were either unaware that this certification existed or thought they were not eligible due to training in pediatrics rather than neurology or internal medicine. Almost half of the self-identified pediatric neuro-oncologists had not completed any specific clinical neuro-oncology training. Over 75% of physicians were supportive of the implementation of a formal certification process in pediatric neuro-oncology. A total of 30 participants completed the patient/caregiver survey. Although the majority of survey participants were highly satisfied with their oncologist, 70% would have been more comfortable if their oncologist had been specifically certified in pediatric neuro-oncology.There is support from physicians, patients, and caregivers to establish a formal certification process in pediatric neuro-oncology.

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