eHealth, Management, CT, Radiation therapy / Oncology, Patterns of Care, Workforce
A. J. McKean, L. Sullivan, A. Shorthouse; Garran, ACT/AU
Methods and materials
Study design and patient population
The study was approved by the ACT Health Human Research Ethics Committee. This was a retrospective review of radiation oncology outpatient services at The Canberra Hospital located in Garran, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.
A dataset was obtained via a deidentified report created from the department’s oncological information system (ARIA) spanning a 10-week period; from 23 March to 28 May 2020.
From this report, demographic data was collated including medical record numbers, dates of birth, suburbs and state/territory of residence and diagnoses (ICD-10 code). This was supplemented with clinic appointment information including appointment types, dates, and times.
Subsequently, a review of the patient’s medical records was conducted to categorise the reasons for their face-to-face consultation.
Reasons for face-to-face consultation were categorised with the primary outcome data presented as counts and percentages.