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Experiences of Women With Breast Cancer Using Telehealth: A Qualitative Systematic Review

Published:November 11, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clbc.2022.11.001

      Abstract

      Breast cancer is the most prevalent malignant neoplasm among women. Its treatment comprises different strategies. Telehealth can ensure continuity of care in distant locations. This study aimed to synthesize qualitative evidence of women's experiences with telehealth during the treatment and follow-up of breast cancer. We performed a qualitative systematic review and meta-synthesis. The databases included in the search were: Pubmed, EMBASE, CINAHAL, and Web of Science. The search combined the terms: breast cancer, telemedicine, telehealth, and qualitative study. The studies included were: qualitative design and mixed methods studies with qualitative components. The COREQ Checklist assisted in assessing the quality of included studies and an adaptation of thematic analysis for the qualitative meta-synthesis. We included twelve articles in the review. In the meta-synthesis, 3 themes emerged. (1) Structure: simple design and space to obtain information but in need of adjustments. (2) Usability: about the benefits and limitations of telehealth. (3) Interaction with health professionals. Telehealth is an accepted strategy for the clinical care of women with breast cancer. Patients identified the need for improvements in structure, usability, and interaction.

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