Purpose: There is increasing interest in integrating electronic patient-reported outcomes (e-PROs) into clinical routines in cancer settings. However, little is known about patients' experiences with and perceptions of e-PRO measures (e-PROMs). This study examines patients' experiences with e-PROMS, particularly their perspectives about its usefulness and its implications for the clinical encounter with their doctors. Method: A total of 19 individual in-person interviews with cancer patients at a Comprehensive Cancer Center in northern Italy conducted in 2021 inform this study. Results: The findings suggested that, overall, patients had positive attitudes towards data collection using e-PROMs. On the one hand, most patients found the integration of e-PROMs into routine clinical practice as beneficial in treating patients with cancer. The main benefits of e-PROMs according to this group of patients were that: they promoted patient-centred care; could be used to tailor and improve the quality of care through a holistic approach; supported early detection of problematic symptoms; increased patient self-awareness; and contributed to clinical research. On the other hand, many patients did not fully understand the purpose of e-PROMs and some patients were also sceptical about their usefulness in routine clinical practice. Conclusions: These findings have several practical implications for ensuring the successful implementation of e-PROMs in routine clinical practice. These include the following preconditions: patients are informed about the purposes of data collection; physicians provide feedback to patients about the e-PROMs' results; and that hospital administrators allocate sufficient time for clinical interactions to integrate e-PROMs into routine clinical practice.

Lombi, L., Alfieri, S., Brunelli, C., ‘Why should I fill out this questionnaire?’ A qualitative study of cancer patients' perspectives on the integration of e-PROMs in routine clinical care, <<EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ONCOLOGY NURSING>>, N/a; 63 (N/a): 1-8. [doi:10.1016/j.ejon.2023.102283] [https://hdl.handle.net/10807/230655]

‘Why should I fill out this questionnaire?’ A qualitative study of cancer patients' perspectives on the integration of e-PROMs in routine clinical care

Lombi, Linda
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Alfieri, Sergio
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Brunelli, Chiara
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2023

Abstract

Purpose: There is increasing interest in integrating electronic patient-reported outcomes (e-PROs) into clinical routines in cancer settings. However, little is known about patients' experiences with and perceptions of e-PRO measures (e-PROMs). This study examines patients' experiences with e-PROMS, particularly their perspectives about its usefulness and its implications for the clinical encounter with their doctors. Method: A total of 19 individual in-person interviews with cancer patients at a Comprehensive Cancer Center in northern Italy conducted in 2021 inform this study. Results: The findings suggested that, overall, patients had positive attitudes towards data collection using e-PROMs. On the one hand, most patients found the integration of e-PROMs into routine clinical practice as beneficial in treating patients with cancer. The main benefits of e-PROMs according to this group of patients were that: they promoted patient-centred care; could be used to tailor and improve the quality of care through a holistic approach; supported early detection of problematic symptoms; increased patient self-awareness; and contributed to clinical research. On the other hand, many patients did not fully understand the purpose of e-PROMs and some patients were also sceptical about their usefulness in routine clinical practice. Conclusions: These findings have several practical implications for ensuring the successful implementation of e-PROMs in routine clinical practice. These include the following preconditions: patients are informed about the purposes of data collection; physicians provide feedback to patients about the e-PROMs' results; and that hospital administrators allocate sufficient time for clinical interactions to integrate e-PROMs into routine clinical practice.
2023
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Lombi, L., Alfieri, S., Brunelli, C., ‘Why should I fill out this questionnaire?’ A qualitative study of cancer patients' perspectives on the integration of e-PROMs in routine clinical care, <<EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ONCOLOGY NURSING>>, N/a; 63 (N/a): 1-8. [doi:10.1016/j.ejon.2023.102283] [https://hdl.handle.net/10807/230655]
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