COVID-19 pandemic and uro-oncology follow-up: A “virtual” multidisciplinary team strategy and patients’ satisfaction assessment

  • Francesca Ambrosini | f.ambrosini1@gmail.com Department of Urology, Policlinico San Martino Hospital, University of Genoa; Department of Urology, Azienda Ospedaliera Nazionale SS. Antonio e Biagio e Cesare Arrigo, Alessandria, Italy.
  • Andrea Di Stasio Department of Urology, Azienda Ospedaliera Nazionale SS. Antonio e Biagio e Cesare Arrigo, Alessandria, Italy.
  • Guglielmo Mantica Department of Urology, Policlinico San Martino Hospital, University of Genoa, Italy.
  • Barbara Cavallone Department of Urology, Azienda Ospedaliera Nazionale SS. Antonio e Biagio e Cesare Arrigo, Alessandria, Italy.
  • Armando Serao Department of Urology, Azienda Ospedaliera Nazionale SS. Antonio e Biagio e Cesare Arrigo, Alessandria, Italy.

Abstract

COVID-19 pandemic strongly modified the organizations of our clinical practice. Strict containment measures have been adopted to limit the disease diffusion. In particular, hospital face-to-face post discharge and follow up visits have been reduced. Although cancelling or deferring appointments seems to be a pragmatic approach, this solution may have a devasting long-term impact on health medical care and on patients. In this context, telemedicine and remote consultations may have the potential to provide healthcare minimizing virus exposure. In this paper we describe how Multidisciplinary team (MDT) reorganized genitourinary cancer care delivery at our Institute (AO SS Antonio e Biagio e Cesare Arrigo, Alessandria), taking advantage of telematic means. Furthermore, we present our preliminary results regarding patients’ satisfaction.

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2020-06-23
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COVID-19
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COVID-19; Pandemy; Telemedicine
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Ambrosini, F., Di Stasio, A., Mantica, G., Cavallone, B., & Serao, A. (2020). COVID-19 pandemic and uro-oncology follow-up: A “virtual” multidisciplinary team strategy and patients’ satisfaction assessment. Archivio Italiano Di Urologia E Andrologia, 92(2). https://doi.org/10.4081/aiua.2020.2.78

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