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J Telemed Telecare. 1995;1(1):34-7.

A pilot study of the physician acceptance of tele-oncology.

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Department of Medicine, KUMC, Kansas City, KS 66160-7312, USA. aallen@ukanvm.cc.ukans.edu

Abstract

During the winter of 1993, medical oncologists from an urban, university-based hospital provided oncology care to rural patients using interactive video clinics (tele-oncology). In order to assess physician satisfaction with this form of outreach, surveys were performed after the video encounters, as well as after a limited number of subsequent clinical encounters on site. Various aspects of satisfaction were evaluated. Although the sample was small (a total of 41 clinical encounters and 3 oncologists), the results suggested that there was a reasonable level of physician satisfaction with, and confidence in, the use of video to replace some on-site oncology consultations. A definitive study of tele-oncology for providing care to rural cancer patients therefore appears to be warranted.

PMID:
9375117
DOI:
10.1177/1357633X9500100107
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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