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Person-Centred Virtual Cancer Care Clinical Guidance

Version: 2 Jan 2022
Type of Content: Guidelines & Advice, Clinical
Document Status: Current
Matthew C. Cheung, Bryan B. Franco, Nicholas Meti, Alia Thawer, Adithya Shankar, Andrew Loblaw, Frances C Wright, Colleen Fox, Naomi Peek, Vivian Sim, Simron Singh, Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario) Virtual Cancer Care Consensus Group

Guideline Objective:

The purpose of this document is to generate practice guidance to optimize the delivery of virtual cancer care amid the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Patient Population:

The scope of these recommendations ranges from selecting appropriate patients for virtual appointments, delivering diagnoses on virtual platforms, and executing treatment plans as well as follow-up appointments for patients in active treatment and/or on surveillance.

Intended Guideline Users:

This document provides guidance for use by:

  • Oncology physicians
  • Oncology nursing
  • Psychosocial oncology and allied health professionals
  • Primary care providers supporting cancer patients
  • Healthcare administrators who plan the delivery of cancer service

Research Questions:

  1. Which factors are essential for quality driven person-centered virtual cancer care?
  2. What are clinical & non-clinical patient characteristics that make a patient suitable for virtual cancer care?
  3. What are relative contraindications to virtual cancer care?
  4. How can virtual care be used and vary during the different stages in the cancer journey?
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