Journal article

Implementing a telehealth prehabilitation education session for patients preparing for major cancer surgery

Jamie L Waterland, Rani Chahal, Hilmy Ismail, Catherine Sinton, Bernhard Riedel, Jill J Francis, Linda Denehy

BMC Health Services Research | BMC | Published : 2021


BACKGROUND: Prehabilitation services assist patients in preparing for surgery, yet access to these services are often limited by geographical factors. Enabling rural and regional patients to access specialist surgical prehabilitation support with the use of telehealth technology has the potential to overcome health inequities and improve post-operative outcomes. AIM: To evaluate the current and likely future impact of a telehealth preoperative education package for patients preparing for major abdominal cancer surgery. METHODS: A telehealth alternative to a hospital based pre-operative education session was developed and implemented at a dedicated cancer hospital. Adult patients (≥18 years) ..

View full abstract


Funding Acknowledgements

This project was funded by a Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation Grant. Jamie Waterland is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council PhD Scholarship. The Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation nor the NHMRC had input into this research.