Do outpatients with cancer and their relatives want to use an online booking system to book the appointment and radiographer for their CT examination? A small-scale study in Denmark
K. Kruuse-Jensen, K.S. Madsen, D.M. Bruun, M. Pilegaard
Introduction: Previous studies have found that online booking systems may be the preferred scheduling tool when booking appointments with healthcare providers. The aim of this study was to examine I) if outpatients with cancer and relatives of cancer patients wanted to use an online booking system to book appointments for the CT examinations, and II) if they wanted to book specific radiographers for the CT examinations.
Methods: An online questionnaire was distributed to outpatients with cancer and relatives of cancer patients registered in the user panel of the Danish Cancer Society. The questionnaires consisted of 13 questions for patients and eight questions for relatives. The study applied statistical analysis and qualitative content analysis with an inductive approach.
Results: In total, 555 patients out of 760 (73%) and 115 out of 341 (34%) relatives were included in the present study and 54% of the patients and 65% of the relatives responded that they wanted, “To a high degree” or “To some degree”, to use an online system for booking the appointment of the CT examination. Furthermore, 49% of the patients and 60% of the relatives found it important, “To a high degree” or “To some degree”, that the appointment of the CT examination also suited their relatives. Only 37% of the patients, in contrast to 56% of the relatives, were interested in the opportunity to book specific radiographers. Approximately half of the patients (48%) and relatives (58%) were interested in being scanned by the same radiographers.
Conclusion: In this study, a majority of patients and relatives were interested in using an online booking system to book their CT examinations. Furthermore, while a majority of the relatives were more interested in booking specific radiographers for the CT examinations, only a few patients were interested in this function.
Implications for practice: Using an online booking system to book the appointment could benefit the overall experience for cancer patients and relatives when attending a CT examination to ensure that the appointment also suits the relatives.
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