|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2022 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 164-165
Authors' reply to de-la-O-Murillo and Soto-Perez-de-Celis, and Prem et al.
Abhijith Rajaram Rao, Vanita Noronha, Anant Ramaswamy, Kumar Prabhash
Department of Medical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Date of Submission||31-Jan-2022|
|Date of Decision||20-Feb-2022|
|Date of Acceptance||21-Feb-2022|
|Date of Web Publication||31-Mar-2022|
Department of Medical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Rao AR, Noronha V, Ramaswamy A, Prabhash K. Authors' reply to de-la-O-Murillo and Soto-Perez-de-Celis, and Prem et al. Cancer Res Stat Treat 2022;5:164-5
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Rao AR, Noronha V, Ramaswamy A, Prabhash K. Authors' reply to de-la-O-Murillo and Soto-Perez-de-Celis, and Prem et al. Cancer Res Stat Treat [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 May 21];5:164-5. Available from: https://www.crstonline.com/text.asp?2022/5/1/164/341295
We are grateful to Prem et al. and de-la-O-Murillo and Soto-Perez-de-Celis for reading our article titled “Utilization of technology among older Indian patients with cancer: A cross-sectional study,” published in the last issue of the journal. We agree with all the comments and would like to acknowledge that the scenario in high-income countries is very different from that in low- and middle-income countries, providing us with an opportunity to develop innovative methods appropriate for our health-care setting.
We agree with de-la-O-Murillo and Soto-Perez-de-Celis regarding the incorporation of user-friendly tools and appropriate training to improve the compliance and patient satisfaction, while simultaneously continuing to use familiar resources to cater to the older patients who are not familiar with or comfortable using mobile devices. We are intrigued by the suggestion from Prem et al. about utilizing technology to monitor cancer care among older patients with restricted mobility and high caregiver dependency. We also favor the ideas of using inter-generational bonding and high utilization of technology by younger adults to bridge the gap in health-care services for older patients with cancer. We believe that the younger generation could play a role in teaching older adults and assisting them with the use of technology for their health needs. Technology could help get around the limitation of time spent on evaluation, improve resource allocations, reduce the number of hospital visits, and provide alerts and reminders to patients. Geriatric oncology services in our country can be strengthened by developing electronic geriatric assessment, implementing the internet of medical things (IoMT) in patient care and tele-monitoring, telemedicine, development of online patient and caregiver support groups, and online teaching and training programs to train medical professionals in incorporating geriatric assessment in their practice.
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