Rapid implementation of an evidence-based remote triaging system for assessment of suspected referrals and patients with head and neck cancer on follow-up after treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic: Model for international collaboration.

Paleri, Vinidh, Hardman, John, Tikka, Theofano, Bradley, Paula, Pracy, Paul and Kerawala, Cyrus (2020) Rapid implementation of an evidence-based remote triaging system for assessment of suspected referrals and patients with head and neck cancer on follow-up after treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic: Model for international collaboration. Head & neck. ISSN 1097-0347

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Abstract

Outpatient telemedicine consultations are being adopted to triage patients for head and neck cancer. However, there is currently no established structure to frame this consultation. For suspected referrals with cancer, we adapted the Head and Neck Cancer Risk Calculator (HaNC-RC)-V.2, generated from 10 244 referrals with the following diagnostic efficacy metrics: 85% sensitivity, 98.6% negative predictive value, and area under the curve of 0.89. For follow-up patients, a symptom inventory generated from 5123 follow-up consultations was used. A customized Excel Data Tool was created, trialed across professional groups and made freely available for download at www.entintegrate.co.uk/entuk2wwtt, alongside a user guide, protocol, and registration link for the project. Stakeholder support was obtained from national bodies. No remote consultations were refused by patients. Preliminary data from 511 triaging episodes at 13 centers show that 77.1% of patients were discharged directly or have had their appointments deferred. Significant reduction in footfall can be achieved using a structured triaging system. Further refinement of HaNC-RC-V.2 is feasible and the authors welcome international collaboration. [Abstract copyright: © 2020 Wiley Periodicals LLC.]

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** From PubMed via Jisc Publications Router ** History: received 16-04-2020; accepted 20-04-2020.
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19, follow-up, new referrals, outpatient consultation, triaging
SWORD Depositor: Publication Router
Depositing User: Publication Router
Date Deposited: 26 May 2020 19:09
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2020 16:01
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/12054
ORCID for Vinidh Paleri: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7933-4585
ORCID for John Hardman: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6591-5119
ORCID for Paula Bradley: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1908-1053

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