Perception of Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Survivors of Gynecologic Cancer

Nicholas Quam, Ashley E Stenzel, Katherine Brown, Patricia Jewett, Helen M. Parsons, Jane Hui, Rahel G. Ghebre, Anne Blaes, Deanna Teoh, Rachel I Vogel

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Abstract

Our objective was to assess gynecologic cancer survivor preferences for telehealth cancer care. Gynecologic cancer survivors participating in a prospective cohort study were invited to complete a cross-sectional survey regarding their experience with and preferences for telehealth. Of 188 participants, 48.9% had undergone a telehealth visit since March 2020, and 53.7% reported a preference for exclusively in-person visits for their cancer care and surveillance. Furthermore, 80.5% of participants were satisfied with the telehealth care they received and 54.8% would recommend telehealth services to patients with similar conditions. Most participants thought a physical examination was critical to detecting recurrence, and concern that their provider may miss something during telehealth visits was greater among those who preferred in-person visits. With many gynecologic cancer survivors preferring in-person care, building a future care model that includes telehealth elements will require adaptations, careful evaluation of patient concerns, as well as patient education on telehealth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)512-515
Number of pages4
JournalOncologist
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 8 2022

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© The Author(s) 2022. Published by Oxford University Press.

Keywords

  • cancer care delivery
  • cancer survivorship
  • gynecologic cancer
  • telehealth

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

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