The impact of telemedicine on cancer care: real-world experience from a Peruvian institute during the COVID-19 pandemic

Katia Roque, Rossana Ruiz, Iris Otoya-Fernandez, José Galarreta, Tatiana Vidaurre, Ramon Andrade de Mello, Silvia Neciosup, Luis Mas, Henry Gómez

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Abstract

Background: The COVID-19 pandemic caused discontinuities in cancer care (CC) in most countries. Here, the authors describe the real-world impacts of implementing a contingency plan employing telemedicine for CC. Methods: A retrospective study of patients who received CC through telemedicine at the Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Neoplasicas, Peru, from March 2020 to February 2021 was conducted. Impacts were measured by comparing the amount of CC administered during the pandemic versus the prior year. Results: A total of 16,456 telemedicine visits were carried out. An annual comparative analysis showed a gap of 23% and telemedicine accounted for 27.6% of the total CC administered during the pandemic. A high (4.50/5) level of patient satisfaction with telemedicine was reported. Conclusion: Telemedicine is an important tool to facilitate the continuity of CC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3501-3508
Number of pages8
JournalFuture oncology (London, England)
Volume18
Issue number31
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • cancer care
  • impact and COVID-19
  • telemedicine

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