|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2021 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 414-415
Authors' reply to Kattepur et al.
Ravikant Singh, Chanda Rai, Rohit Ishan
Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India
|Date of Submission||14-May-2021|
|Date of Decision||07-Jun-2021|
|Date of Acceptance||10-Jun-2021|
|Date of Web Publication||30-Jun-2021|
Department of Preventive Oncology, Ground Floor, Old Auditorium, SKMCH, Muzaffarpur, Bihar
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Singh R, Rai C, Ishan R. Authors' reply to Kattepur et al. Cancer Res Stat Treat 2021;4:414-5
We thank Kattepur et al. for their interest in our article titled, “Impact of COVID-19 lockdown on patients with cancer in North Bihar, India: A phone-based survey,” published in the previous issue of Cancer Research, Statistics, and Treatment. With regard to Kattepur et al.'s comment about defining the term “financial problem” more objectively, we would like to clarify that the monthly incomes were objectively defined in [Table 1] using three income categories, namely, <₹11,000, ₹11,001–15,000, and ₹15,000–30,000. Those with a monthly income of <₹11,000 were considered to have financial problems. In addition, we would like to clarify that the total number of patients who faced difficulty in visiting the hospital was 138 (65.7%), as shown in [Table 2].
Further, for strengthening the cancer care delivery and improving the screening programs to better the outcomes, we would like to suggest the following measures:
- Ambulance or transportation services could be made available to the patients to make it easier for them to reach the facility, as nearly a third of our study population faced transportation issues
- Online consultation or teleconsultation services could be offered to the patients to enable them to consult with their treating physicians when in need
- Special delivery services in collaboration with e-commerce merchants could be made available to provide home delivery of prescription drugs to the patients.
Finally, we would like to clarify that the average duration of phone calls made during the survey was approximately four minutes. We thank Kattepur et al. for pointing out the inconsistencies in [Table 1] and [Table 2] in our article. We have published an erratum with the corrections.
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| References|| |
Kattepur A, Goel M, Patkar S. Man proposes, COVID disposes! Cancer Res Stat Treat 2021;4:413-4.
Singh R, Rai C, Ishan R. Impact of COVID-19 lockdown on patients with cancer in North Bihar, India: A phone based survey. Cancer Res Stat Treat 2021;4:37-43. [Full text]