Use of Video Consultation in Follow-up Care for Patients With a Neuroendocrine Tumor: a Feasibility Study
Neuroendocrine Tumor
Conditions: official terms
Apudoma - Carcinoid Tumor - Neuroendocrine Tumors
Conditions: Keywords
Neuroendocrine tumor, Videoconsultation, Feasibility
Study Type
Study Phase
Study Design
Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective
Name: Videoconsultation
Type: Other
Overall Status
Rationale: Patients with neuroendocrine tumors (NET) have a rare disease. Due to treating patients with a neuroendocrine tumor in 'NET knowledge centers' patients often have to travel long distances for follow-up visits at the outpatient clinic. Patients whose medical condition allows videoconsultation could save time by replacing outpatient clinic visits through videoconsultation for receiving follow-up care. Therefore, in this study we aim to introduce videoconsultation as a alternative for follow-up outpatient clinic visits in NET patients.

Objective: The primary objective is to assess if use of videoconsultation in follow-up care for NET patients is feasible. We hypothesize that videoconsultation is a suitable medium for providing follow-up care in NET patients. Secondary objectives are to explore the amount of time videoconsultation takes in comparison with outpatient clinic visits and the acceptability and satisfaction of physicians and patients with using videoconsultation in follow-up care.

Study design: The present study is a single-centre prospective feasibility study.

Study population: Adult NET patients under surveillance or treatment of the department Medical Oncology at the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG) whose medical condition allows videoconsultation will be invited to participate.

Intervention: Patient who give informed consent will participate in the study. Participants will receive follow-up care through videoconsultation instead of conventional visits at the outpatient clinic.

Main study parameters/endpoints: The main endpoint is the feasibility of videoconsultation for follow-up care in NET patients. We hypothesize that videoconsultation is a suitable medium for providing follow-up care.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Both
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

- Signed informed consent

- Age ≥ 18 yrs

- Grade I or II (low and intermediate grade) NET with any primary tumor type or disease stage

- Have access to required equipment/technology for performing videoconsultation

Exclusion Criteria:

- Newly referred NET patients, who are visiting the department of Medical Oncology at the UMCG for the first time

- Recently diagnosed NET patients, who are in the diagnostic phase of the disease

- NET patients who frequently require blood tests, consultation or physical examination

- A hearing or visual impairment, which would make videoconsultation difficult
University Medical Center Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands
Status: Recruiting
Contact: A.M.E. Walenkamp, MD PhD - +3150 361 61 61 -
Start Date
May 2014
Completion Date
May 2015
University Medical Centre Groningen
University Medical Centre Groningen
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