November 30, 2021
Cancer care clinicians expressed satisfaction with telehealth use during the pandemic and reported high levels of perceived patient satisfaction as well.
The majority of cancer care clinicians were satisfied with telehealth and expressed intent to continue to use the care modality in the future, a study published in JAMA Network Open revealed.
Much like primary care and other specialty care providers, oncologists turned to telehealth at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, cancer care clinicians use telehealth for symptom management, remote chemotherapy supervision, discussions about clinical trials, palliative care, and survivorship care.
Past studies have shown the success of using telehealth for cancer care. Going forward, these results, combined with positive clinician perception, may help solidify virtual cancer care beyond the pandemic.
Researchers from Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) surveyed 202 multidisciplinary cancer care clinicians within the health system between April 29 and June 5, 2020.
The respondents consisted of 104 medical oncologist