Using video consultations for clinical assessment and decision of treatment readiness before chemotherapy: A mixed-methods study among patients with gastrointestinal cancer and oncology nurses

Karin Brochstedt Dieperink*, Lene Vedel Vestergaard, Pia Krause Møller, Lærke Kjær Tolstrup

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Abstract

Objective: To investigate the feasibility of clinical assessment and decision of treatment readiness before chemotherapy using video consultations, as perceived by gastrointestinal cancer patients and oncology nurses. In addition, to estimate reductions in travel time for patients and environmental carbon dioxide (CO 2) emissions. Methods: In a mixed-method study, patients with gastrointestinal cancer who participated in at least one video consultation during April–October 2019 completed a questionnaire on socioeconomic status, time and kilometers saved on travel. Kilometers saved were converted into reduced CO 2 emissions. Descriptive statistics were used for analysis. Patients (n = 15) participated in semi-structured individual interviews, and five oncology nurses participated in a focus group interview. Results: A total of 84/119 patients (71%) consented to video consultation and responded to the questionnaire. 69% were male, with a mean age of 66 years. For 46% of patients, a video consultation saved more than an hour of travel time. Avoiding a median travel distance of 120 km per patient (range, 2–450 km) reduced CO 2 emissions by 7018 lb. Video consultations had other positive effects on patients, including avoiding waiting rooms, having more energy, and experiencing more focused interactions with nurses. Technical issues occurred rarely. Nurses found technical issues more troublesome, sometimes precluding complete assessments. They reported a need to rethink nursing practice to effectively provide care during video consultations. Conclusions: Video consultations reduced CO 2 emissions. In addition, they were beneficial for patients with gastrointestinal cancer. However, providing an optimal clinical assessment and decision of treatment readiness before chemotherapy requires testing patient equipment, technical skills and new oncology nursing competencies.

Original languageEnglish
JournalDigital Health
Volume9
ISSN2055-2076
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3. Sept 2023

Keywords

  • CO emission
  • Telemedicine
  • cancer
  • communication
  • nursing
  • oncology
  • side effects
  • symptom assessment
  • treatment readiness
  • video consultation

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