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Cancer Treatment During COVID-19: A Qualitative Analysis of Patient-Perceived Risks and Experiences with Virtual Care.
Lesley, Gotlib Conn; Tahmasebi, Houman; Meti, Nicholas; Wright, Frances C; Thawer, Alia; Cheung, Matthew; Singh, Simron.
  • Lesley GC; Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto, Canada.
  • Tahmasebi H; Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto, Canada.
  • Meti N; Odette Cancer Center, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, Toronto, Canada.
  • Wright FC; Odette Cancer Center, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, Toronto, Canada.
  • Thawer A; Department of Pharmacy, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, Toronto, Canada.
  • Cheung M; Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto, Canada.
  • Singh S; Odette Cancer Center, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, Toronto, Canada.
J Patient Exp ; 8: 23743735211039328, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1394400
ABSTRACT
During the COVID-19 pandemic, most cancer centers shifted from in-person to virtual cancer care to curb community spread and ensure care continuity. This qualitative descriptive study aimed to understand cancer patient-perceived risks related to COVID-19 and cancer treatment, as well as the patient-perceived and experienced value of virtual care. From June to August 2020, focus groups were conducted with patients under active management or observation for a diagnosed malignancy in Toronto, Canada. A thematic analysis of six focus groups found that most participants worried more about treatment delays than they did about COVID-19 infection. Despite some concern about COVID-19 exposure in the hospital, care delays contributed to increased anxiety among participants who already subscribed to strict safety measures in their everyday lives. Most participants accepted virtual care for some appointment types; however, preference for in-person care was found to sustain the humanistic and therapeutic aspects of cancer care that many participants valued. Nuances in the appropriateness and adequacy of virtual cancer care still need exploration. Preserving the humanistic aspects of care is of paramount importance.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Type of study: Etiology study / Qualitative research / Randomized controlled trials / Risk factors Language: English Journal: J Patient Exp Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: 23743735211039328

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Type of study: Etiology study / Qualitative research / Randomized controlled trials / Risk factors Language: English Journal: J Patient Exp Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: 23743735211039328