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Invited Commentary
April 4, 2019

Collaborative Telerehabilitation—A Smart Move for Patients With Advanced Cancer

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Oncology, Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research/Health Research and Policy, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
  • 2Medical Services, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, California
JAMA Oncol. 2019;5(5):652-653. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2019.0021

The evidence is clear—rehabilitation programs improve patient-reported and clinical outcomes for patients with advanced cancer.1 Yet, similar to many other evidence-proven supportive cancer care services, rehabilitation is usually only provided reactively—when patients have lost so much function that they require costly institutionalized care.2 Limited access to high-quality care, lack of awareness of the clinical benefits, and a strained professional workforce prevent receipt of proactive, supportive cancer care for patients who may benefit the most from these services.