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Patients with advanced cancer who used telehealth to regularly report symptoms improved their overall well-being, compared with those who were seen less frequently via in-person clinical visits, according to results from the PCORI-funded PRO-TECT (Patient Reported Outcomes To Enhance Cancer Treatment) Trial.

The findings were published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)* and presented at the 2022 American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting on June 5, 2022.

The research team — led by Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, at the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Foundation — compared the benefits of giving patients information about symptom management and the ability to report their symptoms via an internet-based or automated telephone system, with providing patients information about symptom management during in-person clinical visits.

In the trial involving 1,191 participants across 52 clinical sites in 25 states, patients who used telehealth to communicate about their symptoms on a weekly basis said they experienced improved physical function, better control of their symptoms, and improved quality of life, compared with those who were evaluated less frequently, during in-person clinical visits.

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*JAMA has made the full text of this journal publication available free of charge.


Posted: June 10, 2022

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