1398P - Cancer patients'willingness to use IT for their health

Date 28 September 2014
Event ESMO 2014
Session Poster Display session
Topics Patient Education and Advocacy
Presenter Anne Girault
Citation Annals of Oncology (2014) 25 (suppl_4): iv486-iv493. 10.1093/annonc/mdu353
Authors A. Girault1, M. Ferrua1, A. Fourcade1, G. Hébert2, C. Sicotte3, M. Mons1, S. Beaupère1, N. Mezaour1, F. Lemare4, A. Montaron1, M. Ducreux5, C. Guepratte6, M. Di Palma7, E. Minvielle1
  • 1Projet Capri, Gustave Roussy, 94805 - Villejuif/FR
  • 2Clinical Pharmacy, Gustave Roussy, 94800 - Villejuif/FR
  • 3Management Des Organisations De Santé, EHESP, Paris/FR
  • 4Clinical Pharmacy, Institut Gustave Roussy, 94800 - Villejuif/FR
  • 5Oncologic Medicine, Institut Gustave Roussy, 94805 - Villejuif/FR
  • 6Direction, Gustave Roussy, 94800 - Villejuif/FR
  • 7Oncologie Medicale, Institut Gustave Roussy, 94805 - Villejuif/FR



The goal of this study was to identify which patient characteristics had a significant impact on the patient-perceived usefulness of information technologies (IT) in health care and the current utilization by patients.


A questionnaire-based survey was conducted in 2013, over seven non-consecutive days within seven outpatient departments of a comprehensive cancer center. We computed descriptive statistics based on survey responses and performed correlation analysis (Spearman test) to investigate characteristics of patients' IT usage and attitudes in relation to age, gender, socioeconomic status, social isolation, and place of living (urban/rural). We then performed multinomial logistic regression models for which likelihood ratio tests were used.


The participation level was 85% (n = 1371). 70% of respondents were females, and the median age was 53.4 years. 84% of patients reported feeling comfortable with the use of computers, tablets and smartphones. 71% of them used a mobile phone every day and 68% were daily Internet users. Age and socioeconomic status were negatively associated with the use of IT (p < 0.001). Regarding patients' expected benefits of IT applications (see table below), a significant majority valued its use in health care, and especially, the possibility to enhance communication with providers. Table. Perceived benefits of IT applications in health care

Study findings indicate that age and socioeconomic status were negatively associated with the perceived ease of use of IT (p < 0.001). Otherwise, no significant gap between attitudes among the different patient groups could be identified.

IT applications useful/very useful neutral not useful/rather not useful n/a
Schedule an appointment 71% 6% 22% 1%
Communicate via emails with your physician 75% 5% 18% 2%
Get help with medication monitoring (reminders, side effects) 61% 12% 26% 1%
Get information about disease/support 69% 12% 18% 1%
Get access to external contacts (psychologist, nurses,..) 66% 13% 20% 1%


Most patients were connected to the Internet and used information technologies on a daily basis. Overall, they expressed an interest in using these tools in health care. Differences in perceived ease of use of IT according to age and socioeconomic status have to be addressed.


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.