Publication Details

Girgis, A., Delaney, G. P. & Miller, A. A. (2015). Utilising ehealth to support survivorship care. Cancer Forum, 39 (2), 86-89.


Cancer survivors represent approximately 3.5% of the Australian population. Physical and psychosocial issues experienced as a result of a cancer diagnosis and treatment persist into long-term survivorship. While oncology care pathways that routinely include comprehensive symptom and emotional well-being assessments have been shown to improve patient outcomes, such assessments are not routinely undertaken. Electronic Patient Reported Outcomes (ePRO) systems are increasingly used in cancer clinical care settings and are superior to paper-based PRO assessments, as they can facilitate assessment in a range of languages, as well as automated scoring and generation of real-time feedback reports to the care team. Linkage of ePROs into existing patient records integrates psychosocial information with other clinical information, enabling patient-centred care. In NSW, an ehealth system being developed and pilot tested, supports ePRO assessments which generate real-time feedback to the clinical team and access to self-management resources to assist survivors to better manage their own health and wellbeing.