International Usage of an English Language Oncology Pharmacy Podcast

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Background: Pharmacy-specific podcasts are widely available and appear to be widely consumed. However, little is known about consumption of such podcasts. Objective: To describe the scope of listenership to OncoPharm, an oncology pharmacy podcast, and determine if any episode category is more popular than another. Methods: OncoPharm episodes released from Jan. 1, 2018 to May 10, 2019 were analyzed. The number of downloads or listens (DLs) was extracted from the podcast's hosting platform for evaluation. The number of DLs were tabulated from episode release date through May 31, 2019. The nation of DL was also extracted. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze DL numbers. One-way ANOVA was used to determine if any episode category (Foundational Topic, New Approval, Updates, Landmark Study, or Other) was more popular than another. Student's t-test was used to compare the mean DLs for the first 20 OncoPharm episodes to the last 20 episodes of the evaluation period. Results: Seventy-one podcast episodes were included in the evaluation period. These episodes were downloaded or listened to 17,816 times in 71 nations and territories. The average DLs per episode were 250.9 (SD 87.7). There was no difference in mean DLs by podcast episode category (p = 0.078). The last 20 episodes had more average DLs than the first 20 episodes (p = 0.04). Conclusion: OncoPharm has found a broad and growing audience interested in a variety of oncology pharmacy topics. This expanding and international audience suggests OncoPharm is filling an unmet educational need.