TeleSCAN: The User Needs Questionnaire

Within the context of the MARIA project we have developed a questionnaire to investigate the current use of computers by oncologists and others working in the treatment of cancer. This questionnaire has been distributed to 2400 members of the EORTC working groups, with a response rate of around 40% The net is being extended to people accessing TeleSCAN. Therefore if you can spare 5 minutes please fill out this questionnaire. Wonderful things may happen!


What is your name ?
What is your Email address ?
What is your age ?
What is your sex ?


1. Is your institute a:
2Is there a department or person responsible for computer assistance in your institute?


3. Your discipline?
4. Are you currently associated with one or more EORTC groups?
If yes: Which?
5. Are you currently entering patients or collaborating in clinical trials organized by one or more of the following groups
Other international groups (please specify):


6. Do you use a computer regularly?
7. To which type(s) of computer do you have access at work?
8. Do you use a computer at home?
9. Do you have a modem connected to your computer (at home)?
10. Does your institute have a local computer network?
11. Do you make use of your institutional computer network?
12. Do you make use of (inter)national computer networks?
12a If yes do you access (inter)national computer networks?
13. Can you access one of the following (inter)national networks from your local computer network?
14. Which (inter)national computer network services do you make use of? News & discussion groups


15. Do you know EuroCODE? If not, skip to next section (item 24)
16. Do you use EuroCODE to enter patients into clinical trials?
17. How often do you use EuroCODE?

ABOUT PDQ - US NCI Physician Data Query

24. Do you know PDQ ? If not, skip to the next section (item 32)
25. How often do you make use of PDQ?
26. How do you access PDQ ?
27. Which section(s) of PDQ do you use?


There are many developments in the area of possible multi media computer services. Multimedia applications can include life video, sound, graphics, text and databases. In addition, new computer networks allow for transmission of the large quantities of data required for such services, such as MRI scans, x-rays and other image transfer. In this section we would like you to give your opinion about the following subjects:

32. International PTT's are implementing ISDN networks with which, in the near future, it will be possible to perform video-conferencing on your personal computer. A video conference allows for video and audio communication and all participants can send or print any file (document or image) present in the computer.

a. Do you have any experience with video conferencing?
b. Do you think you would use video conferencing:
Other use:

33. In the near future it will be possible to send pictures of scans, x-rays, tissue sections and many more from one computer to another through an (inter)national computer network.

a. Do you have any experience with sending a file from one person to another by a computer network?
b. Do you think you would use such a service:
If yes, would you use it:
Other use:
c. Do you think you would use this service for quality assurance programs?

34. Recently equipment was developed, which allows for the possibility of real time consultation of microscope images. This equipment even allows for remote control of the microscope through your personal computer.

Do you think you would use such a service?
If yes, would you use it:
Other use:

35. Computer services have been developed that provide medical and organizational information to support people in making medical or management decisions.

If these programs are offered through a European computer network, would you use:
Other use:
36. a. Do you have any experience with computerized literature services?
b. If you would be able to use literature services provided by a European network to your computer, which of the following do you think you would use:
Other use:
37. If a service is offered which distributes state of the art knowledge (in cancer) through a European computer network, would you:
38.Do you think you would use computer-based training programs?
39. Do you think you would use (offered on a network): - An agenda of conferences, meetings and events in the cancer field
- A library of clinical trial protocols
- A library of images (tissue sections, scans etc.) of closed cases
- Information on cancer organizations & leagues
- A summary of trials (including patient eligibility criteria and patient information)
- The possibility to send files or documents to colleagues


40. Which other services not mentioned so far would you like to see?
43. Do you want more information about a future European oncology network?

Thank you for taking the time to complete this form. We appreciate your help. Please write down any further comments you might have.


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