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Virtual Cancer Care Equity in Canada: Lessons From COVID-19

Reanne Booker
Kristen R. Haase
CJON 2022, 26(2), 224-227 DOI: 10.1188/22.CJON.224-227

The COVID-19 pandemic radically shifted healthcare delivery to patients with cancer. Virtual cancer care, or the remote delivery of health care, has become an important resource for patients in Canada to maintain access to cancer care during the pandemic. With an increased number of people regularly accessing the internet and smartphones being ubiquitous for nearly all ages, technology in health care has grown. Virtual cancer care has been referenced as the fourth pillar of cancer care and it appears it may be here to stay. This article explores the benefits and challenges associated with virtual cancer care and outlines the importance of ensuring it is safe and equitable. Oncology nurses can identify where virtual care can be used to mitigate inequities and call attention when these tools exacerbate inequities.

AT A GLANCE

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has affected cancercare delivery with an increased shift toward virtual care.
  • Virtual cancer care is associated with a number of potential benefits and challenges for patients and healthcare providers alike.
  • Oncology nurses can help ensure that virtual cancer care is accessible and equitable for all.

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