Perceptions and acceptance of telemedicine among medical oncologists before and during the COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey

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Support Care Cancer. 2021 Jun 7:1-7. doi: 10.1007/s00520-021-06290-x. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: As a result of technological developments in healthcare services, telemedicine is becoming widespread. We aimed to determine the effect of COVID-19 on Turkish medical oncologists’ opinions of telemedicine through a survey.

METHODS: This study was conducted using an online questionnaire linked to an invitation e-mail sent to the members of the Turkish Medical Oncology Association mailing group between May and July 2020.

RESULTS: Of the 110 (73 males and 37 females) medical oncologists who answered the questionnaire, the average age was 43.9 ± 7.29 (range: 31-64) years, and the majority of the respondents were academics. The most commonly used telemedicine method was store and forward (69.7%). Telemedicine use during clinical visits and multidisciplinary councils increased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic (p < 0.001 in both cases).

CONCLUSION: The use of telemedicine increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the pandemic has led oncologists to view telemedicine more positively.

PMID:34100135 | PMC:PMC8183326 | DOI:10.1007/s00520-021-06290-x