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J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2017 Dec;6(4):535-541. doi: 10.1089/jayao.2017.0013. Epub 2017 Jun 28.

Shared Care of Childhood Cancer Survivors: A Telemedicine Feasibility Study.

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1
1 Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Blood and Marrow Transplant, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC , Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
2
2 School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh , Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
3
3 Department of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh , Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

With an increasing number of childhood cancer survivors (CCSs), determining the best model of survivorship transition care is becoming a growing priority. Shared care between pediatric oncology and adult primary care is often necessary, making survivorship a time of transition, but effective standard models are lacking. We sought to provide a more integrated approach to transition using telemedicine.

METHODS:

Recruited primary care provider/CCS dyads were instructed to log-in to a password-protected virtual meeting room using telemedicine equipment at the time or a regularly scheduled office visit. Dyads were joined by a pediatric survivorship clinic team member who conducted the telemedicine portion of the transition visit, which consisted of the review of an individualized treatment summary and care plan. Postquestionnaires were developed to evaluate key points such as fund of knowledge, satisfaction with the visit, and effectiveness of this electronic tool.

RESULTS:

There were 19 transition visits conducted, 13 of which used the telemedicine equipment as planned. Those that did not use the equipment were primarily unable to due to technical difficulties. Postquestionnaires were overall positive, confirming increased knowledge, comfort and abilities, and patient satisfaction in survivorship care. Negative comments were primarily related to equipment difficulties.

CONCLUSIONS:

A gap still remains in helping CCSs transition from oncology to primary care and this pilot study offered insights into how we might better bridge that gap through the use of telemedicine. Further research is needed to refine the transition process for CCSs, including evaluation and testing models for standard of care.

KEYWORDS:

childhood cancer; late effects; primary care; survivorship; telemedicine; transition

PMID:
28657408
PMCID:
PMC5725630
[Available on 2018-12-01]
DOI:
10.1089/jayao.2017.0013
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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