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Satisfaction among Cancer Patients Undergoing Radiotherapy during the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Institutional Experience

Department of Radiation Oncology, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, QC H4A 3J1, Canada
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Curr. Oncol. 2021, 28(2), 1507-1517; https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol28020142
Received: 5 March 2021 / Revised: 30 March 2021 / Accepted: 8 April 2021 / Published: 10 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cancer Care during COVID-19 Pandemic)
The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted oncology practices to prioritize patient safety while maintaining necessary treatment delivery. We obtained patient feedback on pandemic-based practices in our radiotherapy department to improve quality of patient care and amend policies as needed. We developed a piloted questionnaire which quantitatively and qualitatively assessed patients’ pandemic-related concerns and satisfaction with specific elements of their care. Adult patients who were treated at our Centre between 23 March and 31 May 2020, had initial consultation via telemedicine, and received at least five outpatient fractions of radiotherapy were invited to complete the survey by telephone or online. Relative frequencies of categorical and ordinal responses were then calculated. Fifty-three (48%) out of 110 eligible patients responded: 32 patients by phone and 21 patients online. Eighteen participants (34%) admitted to feeling anxious about hospital appointments, and only five (9%) reported treatment delays. Forty-eight patients (91%) reported satisfaction with their initial telemedicine appointment. The majority of patients indicated that healthcare workers took appropriate precautions, making them feel safe. Overall, all 53 patients (100%) reported being satisfied with their treatment experience during the pandemic. Patient feedback is needed to provide the highest quality of patient care as we adapt to the current reality. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; patient experience; quality of care; pandemic-based practices; radiation oncology COVID-19; patient experience; quality of care; pandemic-based practices; radiation oncology
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Di Lalla, V.; Patrick, H.; Siriani-Ayoub, N.; Kildea, J.; Hijal, T.; Alfieri, J. Satisfaction among Cancer Patients Undergoing Radiotherapy during the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Institutional Experience. Curr. Oncol. 2021, 28, 1507-1517. https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol28020142

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Di Lalla V, Patrick H, Siriani-Ayoub N, Kildea J, Hijal T, Alfieri J. Satisfaction among Cancer Patients Undergoing Radiotherapy during the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Institutional Experience. Current Oncology. 2021; 28(2):1507-1517. https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol28020142

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Di Lalla, Vanessa; Patrick, Haley; Siriani-Ayoub, Nicolas; Kildea, John; Hijal, Tarek; Alfieri, Joanne. 2021. "Satisfaction among Cancer Patients Undergoing Radiotherapy during the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Institutional Experience" Curr. Oncol. 28, no. 2: 1507-1517. https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol28020142

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