Protocol for an integrative review: patient and families’ perspectives on telehealth in palliative care

Eithne Hayes Bauer*, Anders Nikolai Ørsted Schultz, Frans Hjelm Brandt Kristensen, Anthony C. Smith, Georg Bollig, Karin Brochstedt Dieperink

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Introduction Increases in the use of telehealth in palliative care (telepalliative care) prior to, and during, the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in a proliferation of studies on the topic. While knowledge is building on how providers and recipients adapt to telepalliative care, no reviews have, as of yet, examined telepalliative care from a patient and family perspective. Therefore, the aim of this integrative review is to explore patients and families' perspectives on telepalliative. Methods and analysis An integrative review will be performed inspired by the methodology of Remmington and Toronto from March 2022 to December 2022. Medline, Embase, PsycINFO and CINAHL will be searched for primary peer-reviewed studies that describe telepalliative care from patient and families' perspectives. Limiters will be used for age; 18 years+, time; 10 years, and language; English and Danish. Hand searches of authors of included articles and reference lists of included articles will be performed. Two reviewers will independently screen and appraise selected articles using the Mixed Method Appraisal Tool. Conflicts will be resolved through discussions with a third reviewer. Data will be extracted independently by two reviewers into a data matrix with predefined headings and analysed using thematic analysis. Findings will be reported thematically, summarised into a thematic synthesis and discussed in relation to relevant literature. Ethics and dissemination Ethical approval is not required for this review. Results will be published in an international peer-reviewed journal and presented at a relevant international conference. Reporting of this protocol was guided by the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses Protocol checklist and prospectively reported to PROSPERO (CRD42022301206).

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere062723
JournalBMJ Open
Issue number9
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 7. Sept 2022


  • Adult palliative care
  • Organisation of health services
  • Telemedicine


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