The impact of changes in service delivery in patients with colorectal cancer during the first peak of the COVID-19 pandemic
Lim, Kok Haw Jonathan
Saunders, Mark P
Braun, Michael S
AffiliationThe Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, United Kingdom
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AbstractBackground: Increased levels of anxiety and distress in both patients and physicians have been reported in response to the significant impact COVID-19 has on cancer service delivery globally. We aimed to investigate how these changes have been perceived by patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer and identify determinants of increased anxiety. Methods: Survey (32-item) of consecutive patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer attending a large tertiary comprehensive cancer centre in the United Kingdom (18 May to 1 July 2020). Self-reported GAD-7 (both paper/electronic forms) was used as a screening tool for anxiety. Statistical analyses of associations:Chi-square, Fisher’s exact, and uni- and multi-variable analyses were performed using SPSS v19 and R. Results: A total of 143 patients (response rate 67%), 82% male, and median age of 61-70 years were included. Majority of patients had telephone consultation (78%), including 40% who had scan results discussed over the phone; with favourable feedback received with both respectively. Twenty-three patients (18%) were considered to have anxiety, with 7 (6%) scoring for moderate or severe anxiety. Three items asked patients if they had concerns about getting COVID-19, were worried that COVID-19 would have effect on mental health, and affect their experience of cancer care. Patients answering positively to any of these items were most likely to have anxiety; multivariate analysis – OR 2.361 (95% CI 1.187-4.694, p=0.014), 3.219 (95% CI 1.401-7.395, p=0.006) and 3.206 (95% CI 1.036-9.920, p=0.043), respectively. Majority of the patients did not feel that they needed support during the pandemic period and hence the available well-being services were not used. Patients felt that friends and family had been very supportive but less so the primary care services (p<0.05). However, they felt they were supported by the clinical team. Conclusions: At our centre, during the first-peak of COVID-19 pandemic in the UK, patients with colorectal cancer did not display increased rates of significant anxiety. The findings of this survey suggests that some service changes implemented, including increased telephone follow-up, may have already improved the overall experience of cancer care. Importantly, patients were much more concerned about their cancer treatment than COVID-19, emphasising the need to continue to provide comprehensive cancer care even if we get a “2nd wave” of COVID-19.
CitationKamposioras K, Lim KHJ, Saunders MP, Marti K, Anderson D, Cutting M, et al. The impact of changes in service delivery in patients with colorectal cancer during the first peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. JCO. 2021 Jan 20;39(3_suppl):28–28.
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
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