Supportive Care and eHealth: A Narrative Review of Technologies, Interventions, and Opportunities for Optimizing Care in Patients With Cancer

Kristen R. Haase

Amanda Drury

Martine Puts

eHealth, telehealth, patient-reported outcomes, supportive care, needs assessment
CJON 2020, 24(3), 32-41. DOI: 10.1188/20.CJON.S1.32-41

Background: Cancer can be distressing for patients and families. eHealth interventions have the potential to lessen this distress by creating opportunities for providing supportive care resources to patients at home.

Objectives: This article reviews supportive care eHealth interventions in cancer and emerging opportunities to optimize these interventions for diverse populations across the cancer trajectory.

Methods: A narrative literature review was conducted to evaluate eHealth supportive care for patients with cancer, including effective interventions, accessibility and interactivity issues, patient-reported outcomes, and strategies to improve care for older adults.

Findings: To ensure that patients with cancer and their family members benefit from supportive care eHealth interventions, nurses need to understand how to leverage such interventions to improve care.

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