Specialist cancer care through telehealth models

Sabesan, Sabe (2015) Specialist cancer care through telehealth models. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 23. pp. 19-23.

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Abstract

Objective: Disparities in outcomes are experienced between people who live in rural and remote areas and those who live in larger cities. This paper explores the ability to deliver specialist cancer care through the use of telehealth models.

Design: Review of telehealth models for cancer care.

Setting, participants and intervention: Cancer patients in rural, remote and Indigenous communities who receive their care through telehealth.

Outcome measures and results: Telehealth models seem to be applicable to all fields of oncology and all health professionals. These models not only facilitate the provision of specialist services closer to home in an acceptable, safe and cost-effective manner, but also help expand the rural scope of practice and enhance service capabilities at rural centres.

Conclusion: New models of telehealth are another avenue to help further decrease the disparity of access and survival outcomes between rural and urban patients. Implementation of these models requires health system wide approach for development key performance indicators and allocation of resources.

Item ID: 43908
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1584
Keywords: cancer; rural; telehealth; telemedicine
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2016 05:33
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1112 Oncology and Carcinogenesis > 111204 Cancer Therapy (excl Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy) @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920102 Cancer and Related Disorders @ 50%
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