How to PROceed? Reviewing obstacles and perspectives in patient-centered digital care in radiation oncology

  • Alexander Marc Christian Böhner Department of Radiation Oncology, Institute for Experimental Immunology,University Hospital Bonn
  • Leonard Christopher Schmeel Department of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital Bonn, University of Bonn, Venusberg Campus 1, 53127 Bonn, Germany.
  • Feisst Andreas Department of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital Bonn, University of Bonn, Venusberg Campus 1, 53127 Bonn, Germany.
  • Scafa Davide Department of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital Bonn, University of Bonn, Venusberg Campus 1, 53127 Bonn, Germany.
  • Sarria Gustavo R. Department of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital Bonn, University of Bonn, Venusberg Campus 1, 53127 Bonn, Germany.
  • Adriana Torres Crigna Department of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital Bonn, University of Bonn, Venusberg Campus 1, 53127 Bonn, Germany.
  • David Koch Department of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital Bonn, University of Bonn, Venusberg Campus 1, 53127 Bonn, Germany.
  • Stephan Garbe Department of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital Bonn, University of Bonn, Venusberg Campus 1, 53127 Bonn, Germany.
  • Barbara Link Department of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital Bonn, University of Bonn, Venusberg Campus 1, 53127 Bonn, Germany.
  • Dilini Brüser Department of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital Bonn, University of Bonn, Venusberg Campus 1, 53127 Bonn, Germany.
  • Frank A. Giordano Department of Radiation Oncology, University Hospital Bonn, University of Bonn, Venusberg Campus 1, 53127 Bonn, Germany.
Keywords: Clinical guideline, cancer treatment, machine-readable documents, markup language, oncology informatics

Abstract

As the general public is increasing their online presence and is becoming confident with the digital infrastructure, an opportunity for patient-centered digital care has arisen. Electronic patient-reported outcomes, (e)PRO in short, may facilitate enhanced clinical management of radiation oncology patients. This might enable the physicians to take the initiative and counteract symptoms or undesired side effects before they aggravate and thus, reducing treatment-associated costs. In this article, we review the impetus for and modalities of (e)PRO-based data acquisition and handling in research and routine. We conclude that prospective and technical studies are needed to prove the clinical significance of (e)PROs to pave the way to monetary compensation and widespread application.

Published
2021-08-18
How to Cite
Böhner, A. M. C., Schmeel, L. C. ., Andreas, F., Davide, S., Gustavo R., S., Torres Crigna, A., Koch, D., Garbe, S., Link, B., Brüser, D., & Giordano, F. A. (2021). How to PROceed? Reviewing obstacles and perspectives in patient-centered digital care in radiation oncology. Journal of Radiation Oncology Informatics, 11(1), 6. https://doi.org/10.5166/jroi.11.1.1
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