Patient Safety | 05.10.21
Geriatric Assessment via Telehealth Feasible for Older Adults With Cancer
Research presented at the virtual Oncology Nursing Society Congress found an advanced practice nurse-led clinic conducted through telehealth could safely perform geriatric assessment implementation. The clinic optimized engagement and communication among patients and caregivers while enabling collaboration with members of the primary and multidisciplinary care teams. The researchers used electronic medical records to conduct geriatric assessments and facilitate interventions for patients on a telehealth platform. They offered 50 patients 65 and older a traditional in-person clinic visit or a tele-video visit via the hospital's telehealth platform between September 2019 and February 2021. Half chose geriatric assessments via usual care. The other half opted for telehealth assessment. "[The results showed] we can provide the gold standard of care for the older adult with cancer with the implementation of a geriatric assessment in both settings of telehealth and usual care," said nurse practitioner Leana Cabrera Chien.
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