Nurse-Led Telehealth Oncology Clinic on ‘Home Management During Chemotherapy’ for Gastrointestinal Cancer Patients: Study Protocol of A Mixed Method Study


  • Sarita Ahwal Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), New Delhi, India
  • Kanika Rai Centre for Evidence Based Practice in Health Care, Chitkara School of Health Sciences, Chitkara University, Punjab, India
  • Ankur Jindal Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), New Delhi, India
  • Puja Sahai Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), New Delhi, India



Nurse-led telehealth clinic, quality of life, self management, PMRT, telehealth clinic, gastrointestinal cancer patients, oncology clinic, chemotherapy, severity of side effects


Introduction: Telehealth is increasingly being used for symptom management among cancer patients on chemotherapy. Objective of the study is to develop Nurse-led Tele-health Oncology Clinic for GI cancer patients regarding ‘Home Management during Chemotherapy’.

Methods: The study will follow sequential explanatory mixed method design where during quantitative phase, using RCT (CTRI/2024/01/062028), GI cancer patients of age 18-65 years and undergoing 2nd or 3rd chemotherapy cycle will be randomised after obtaining consent to experimental (EG) & control (CG) groups. Ethical Clearance is already obtained. EG will be followed through Nurse-led Clinic which includes multiple virtual educational & counselling sessions, e-booklet on side effects management, PMRT, Support groups & telephonic follow ups. Effectiveness will be measured in terms of Quality of life, severity of side effects and Anxiety using FACT-G, CTCAE and DASS respectively. In qualitative phase, using extreme case sampling, in-depth interviews from consented participants will be conducted to explore experiences towards intervention.

Analysis: Analysis of quantitative data will use descriptive and inferential statistics. This follows thematic analysis and integration of data.

Conclusion: The study protocol will provide guidance to optimize utility of tele-medicine technology to improve healthcare outcomes especially for the GI cancer patients.


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Ahwal S, Rai K, Jindal A, Sahai P. Nurse-Led Telehealth Oncology Clinic on ‘Home Management During Chemotherapy’ for Gastrointestinal Cancer Patients: Study Protocol of A Mixed Method Study. Natl J Community Med [Internet]. 2024 Jul. 1 [cited 2024 Jul. 21];15(07):572-80. Available from:



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