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ESD performs evaluation study at the cancer inpatient rehabilitation center St. Veit (VAMED)

With the growing number of cancer survivors worldwide the need for high quality cancer rehabilitation after primary treatment is steadily increasing. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of multimodal inpatient cancer rehabilitation to reduce psychological distress and foster health related quality of life (HRQOL) in cancer survivors with different diagnoses. We analyzed data from routine HRQOL and distress monitoring at the cancer inpatient rehabilitation center St. Veit (VAMED) with the help of our software 'Computer-based health Evaluation System' (CHES). Cancer survivors completed the EORTC Quality of Life Questionnaire Core-30 (QLQ-C30) and other relevant questionnaires before and after the multimodal rehabilitation treatment. A total of almost 1000 patients were included in the analysis. We found clinically meaningful improvement in almost all domains of the EORTC QLQ-C30 and psychological distress scales. Prior notice can be found in the linked articel (german).

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Das Österreichische Gesundheitswesen ÖKZ, 57. Jg. [2016] 

 

The Rise of Patient-Reported Outcomes in Oncology

By Ethan Basch, MD, MSc

Article Highlights

  • Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are reflections of how patients feel and function and are measured via questionnaires.
  • Electronic “ePRO” software enables patients to self-report via the Internet, automated telephone systems, or downloadable applications.
  • Multiple studies have been conducted that tested whether it is feasible to integrate PROs into routine cancer care (it is), and whether outcomes are improved as a result (they are).
  • ASCO has a PRO committee that is developing and testing PRO measures, which, in the future, may be used to assess quality within ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative.

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Life Science Business Award

 

 Ongoing software projects:

  • Use of smart phones as a tool for patient data collection
  • Patient information portal
  • Patient self help tools