On August 9th 2016 a team lead by Uganda Cancer Institute Research and Ethic Committee(UCIREC) Chairperson Dr. David Kyaddondo conducted a monitory visit to UWOCASO to assess the site operations and implementation process for the study ‘’Assessment of Clinical and Psychological Needs of Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) patients , challenges and gaps in meeting their needs in Uganda’’.
During the visit, Gertrude co-investigator made a presentation about site operations after which the team reviewed different documents which included; protocol submission and Institutional Review Board (IRB) approvals, training records, Standard Operation Procedures (SOP), Draft Reports/ Abstract, informed consent forms and data collection tools. In addition the team accessed and checked the database in relation to the approved data abstraction tools. After verification of documentation, the team applauded UWOCASO for the co-operation of staff and how well the site had transformed into a research site in short period. They were impressed about confidentiality about project documents data and maintaining the Ethical standards of research. At the end of the monitoring visit UCIREC team commended UWOCASO’s work in improving the lives of Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) and other patients in Uganda. Ms. Maria Musisi handed over the updated National guidelines for research, research registration and clearance policy to the investigators 2016. The Team recommended a supplementary training to be delivered by UCIREC to empower UWOCASO research team and sighted out a few challenges that the team had faced during the implementation process. This work has been supported by Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) challenges grant.