Telehealth amid the COVID19 pandemic: perception among Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander cancer patients

Future Oncol. 2021 Jun 9. doi: 10.2217/fon-2021-0136. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

Aim: To assess the perception of telehealth visits among a multiracial cancer population during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted at outpatient cancer clinics in Hawaii between March and August 2020. Patients were invited to participate in the survey either by phone or email. Results: Of the 212 survey respondents, 61.3% were Asian, 23.6% were White and 15.1% were Native Hawaiians or Pacific Islanders. Asians, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders were less likely to desire future telehealth visits compared with Whites. Predictors with regard to preferring future telehealth visits included lower income and hematopoietic cancers. Conclusion: The authors found racial differences in preference for telehealth. Future studies aimed at overcoming these racial disparities are needed to provide equitable oncology care.

PMID:34102878 | DOI:10.2217/fon-2021-0136