Journal article

Remote real-time monitoring for chemotherapy side-effects in patients with blood cancers

Sibilah Breen, Sarah Kofoed, David Ritchie, Tracey Dryden, Roma Maguire, Nora Kearney, Sanchia Aranda



Background Chemotherapy for patients with blood cancers commonly results in distressing/potentially life-threatening toxicities/side-effects. Patients receiving outpatient chemotherapy are therefore responsible for monitoring/management of complex side-effects between clinical visits. The quality and safety of care in this patient group may be improved by a remote real-time Telehealth system which reports patient data directly to the clinical treatment team. Aim This study evaluated the acceptability, useability and feasibility of a real-time, remote Telehealth monitoring/management system. Methods Patients with blood cancers receiving chemotherapy, who consented to study participation, were..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This project was supported by a competitive grant from the Victorian Cancer Agency. We also wish to thank the patients who gave their time to participate in this project alongside the Chemotherapy Day Unit nurses and Patient Services Managers who responded and triaged patient ASyMS-H alerts. We also wish to thank Yang Tang for her support in drafting the final version of this manuscript. The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.