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Feasibility and Impact of a Comprehensive Telehealth Program on Reducing Geographic Barriers to Treatment and Improving Symptom Management in Rural Patients With Advanced Ovarian Cancer

Principal Investigator: Haller J. Smith, MD

Condition: Ovarian – quality

Institution: University of Alabama at Birmingham

This prospective pilot study is evaluating the use of a patient engagement and education platform (PET) in addition to select telemedicine visits to improve symptom management and access to care for rural patients with advanced ovarian cancer. Inclusion criteria includes patients aged ≥18 years with a new diagnosis of stage III or IV epithelial ovarian cancer being treated at the University of Alabama at Birmingham who live ≥50 miles from the institution. It is anticipated that, over the enrollment period, 120 patients will be eligible, with a goal enrollment of 60 patients. Patients can be enrolled regardless of decision for upfront surgery followed by adjuvant or neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Patients must have access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone either personally or through a caregiver in order to participate in the PET portion of the intervention. Exclusion criteria includes patients with ovarian cancer who elect not to proceed with chemotherapy, those who choose to undergo chemotherapy at another institution, and those who are not fluent in the English language.

Patients presenting for initial consultation for a new or suspected ovarian cancer diagnosis will be prescreened to determine whether they meet inclusion criteria; those who qualify will be approached for consent at the time of their initial consultation. Patients will be enrolled in the PET for the duration of their primary chemotherapy (generally 18 weeks). Telemedicine visits will replace select in-person visits over the course of their primary treatment and initial surveillance.

Primary Objective:

  •  Develop and implement a comprehensive telehealth program for rural patients with newly diagnosed advanced ovarian cancer

Contact: Haller J. Smith, MD • 205-934-4986 • hjsmith@uabmc.edu

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: N/A

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