A telehealth network can provide certification courses in chemotherapy and biotherapy to oncology nurses living in rural areas, according to research presented last week at the Oncology Nursing Society's annual conference, Oncology Nurse Advisor reports.
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The research was based on an initiative led by the Midwest Cancer Alliance, the University of Kansas Cancer Center and the University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.
In 2008, the organizations formed a partnership to deliver chemotherapy and biotherapy training courses via interactive videoconferencing technology (Dantoni, Oncology Nurse Advisor, 5/4).
As a result of the initiative, 174 nurses from seven communities across Kansas completed the chemotherapy and biotherapy training course and received their certification.
However, researchers found that most nurses said they would prefer to take an in-person training course rather than the online sessions that were offered (Shaw, FierceHealthIT, 5/7).