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Eighth Edition Explores Impact of COVID-19 on Oncologists


Survey shows providers have embraced telemedicine, but are experiencing higher rates of burnout.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. oncologists have adjusted patient care by embracing telemedicine and switching more patients to oral therapies to limit office visits—but personally, more oncologists may be experiencing burnout due to the loss of face-to-face interactions with patients, according to new research from Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions.

These findings were released today in the eighth edition of Oncology Insights, a research-based report series analyzing the views of more than 190 U.S. oncologists via surveys conducted in September through November 2020. This issue explores how oncologists are adapting their practices and caring for patients during the pandemic – and points to changes that may continue after COVID-19.

Nearly all participating oncologists (97%) said they used telemedicine during a peak stage of the pandemic, and they are generally satisfied with the experience. Nearly six in 10 participating oncologists said their telemedicine experience has been “highly positive” (10%) or “better than expected” (49%). About 80% of participating oncologists said they expect to continue using telemedicine with some patients after the pandemic.

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