Supportive Care Delivered by Telemedicine to Cancer Patients
“Supportive Care Delivered by Telemedicine to Cancer Patients at Home”
This study will test whether supportive care follow-up delivered to cancer patients at home by telemedicine ("virtual" medical visits using telecommunications technologies) is as effective as in-person supportive care visits in the clinic.
In-person in clinic follow-up visit
Patient will be seen in-person (i.e. an IR/NV or AFX visit) in the clinic by a Supportive Care Specialist for at least 3 follow-up visits over 14 weeks. Any patients randomized to the in-person group who experience an extraordinary burden and/or are physically unable to attend their in-person visits will be able to be seen by their Supportive Care Service clinician via a home telemedicine visit (patients will return to their original group assignment if possible).
Telemedicine follow-up visit
i. Patients will be seen by video telemedicine at home by a Supportive Care Specialist for at least 3 follow-up visits over 14 weeks. ii. Patients will have access to a clickable link that will initiate a video telemedicine call to the clinician's office. The clinical team will be responsible for answering such calls and for ensuring the clinician and the patient connect and begin the actual visit.
Virtual Visits by Supportive Care Specialists to Cancer Patients at Home: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Noninferiority Trial of Video Telemedicine