Kitamura C, Zurawel-Balaura L, Wong RK. How effective is video consultation in clinical oncology? A systematic review. Curr Oncol 2010 Jun;17(3):17-27 Abstract available at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20567623.
- How cost-effective is it for health services to use teleoncology compared with standard oncology care?
systematic review — All design types, including case series, controlled studies, controlled trials, and reviews were included.
|High risk of bias||Comments: Primary review aim was to examine whether the use of telemedicine videoconferencing systems as a real-time link between providers and patients for the purpose was efficacious for the assessment, monitoring, and management of oncology patients, with system costs just one of a range of outcomes eligible for inclusion in the review.|
Risk of bias assessment: systematic review
Studies included in the review
- Adequate – search terms and/or choice of databases could have been improved upon
- Adequate – inclusion criteria were pre-specified and applied by one person
- Adequate – some problems with quality issues or assessed by one person only
The following questions are only relevant for systematic reviews that pooled data
|5||Reason for decision: Cost outcome results were presented as a qualitative summary only.|
|1|| Additional comments: Categorised as level I evidence, but the systematic review did not identify any RCTs (level II studies).|
Categorised as a relevance rating of 1, although this was only the case for 6 of 19 studies included in the review.
Systematic review did not identify any level II studies, and the outcomes relating to costs were described qualitatively only.
Only 6 of the 19 studies included in the review reported economic evaluations
- Kitamura C, Zurawel-Balaura L, Wong RK. How effective is video consultation in clinical oncology? A systematic review. Curr Oncol 2010 Jun;17(3):17-27 Abstract available at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20567623.
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