Access to Communication Technologies in a Sample of Cancer Patients: An Urban and Rural Survey
The objective of this paper is to determine access to touch-tone telephone service and Internet for patients in urban and rural clinics; to determine barriers to access; and to determine willingness to use technology for home-based symptom reporting. There is a growing awareness among providers of the symptom burden experienced by cancer patients. Systematic symptom screening is difficult. The plan was to evaluate a technology-based symptom screening process using touch-tone telephone and Internet in our rural outreach cancer program in Indiana.