Oops, you're using an old version of your browser so some of the features on this page may not be displaying properly.

MINIMAL Requirements: Google Chrome 24+Mozilla Firefox 20+Internet Explorer 11Opera 15–18Apple Safari 7SeaMonkey 2.15-2.23

EONS Poster diplay

3952 - EONS Poster - App about chemotherapy - helping the patient with cancer

Date

22 Oct 2018

Session

EONS Poster diplay

Topics

Patient Education and Advocacy

Tumour Site

Presenters

Birgitte Espersen

Citation

Annals of Oncology (2018) 29 (suppl_8): viii698-viii701. 10.1093/annonc/mdy278

Authors

B.T. Espersen

Author affiliations

  • Department Of Oncology, Aarhus University Hospital, 8000 - Aarhus/DK
More

Resources

Abstract 3952

Background

Patients with cancer are bombarded with information – both in connection with examinations, diagnosis and treatment. Patients cannot always cope with the huge quantity of oral and written information from the hospital. Even highly educated patients voice their inability to take in the amount of given information. Reading skills and the ability to understand are often not taken into account. Furthermore 15-20 % of the normal population is known to be weak readers. The use of mobile technology in health care has shown a fortified self care and improved quality of life. Therefore, we aimed at developing an app which could serve several purposes: Opportunity to use different sources of information, information at the right time and the right place, information "on the go", the text read out loud (or earphones) and information to relatives and friends – no matter where they live.

Methods

The text from our written information was adjusted to the electronic media. The new text has been commented by patients, relatives and health care personnel. Finally, the text can be read out loud with a tap on the loudspeaker icon. There are 2 apps, which can be downloaded for free (Google play and App Store) App 1 is a general guide with focus on the most asked questions in relation to cancer, chemotherapy and targeted treatment - e.g: Does the treatment influence other people? How can my disease affect my relatives? What will I tell my children? Can I go on holiday? What about work? Can I drink alcohol? Can I be physically active? What about alternative treatment? App 2 describes 16 possible side effects separately and guides the patients and relatives in relation to preventing and minimizing the discomfort.

Results

See conclusion.

Conclusions

Some patients prefer the apps to the traditional written information. They download to both mobile phone and tablet. They find it very manageable and easy to navigate, and the text short and straight forward. The apps are an extra source of information for some patients, and they recommend the apps to family, friends and other patients. If patients find the oral and written information satisfying, they do not use the apps. The technology can be a barrier especially with older patients.

Clinical trial identification

Legal entity responsible for the study

Department of Oncology, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark.

Funding

Has not received any funding.

Editorial Acknowledgement

Disclosure

The author has declared no conflicts of interest.

This site uses cookies. Some of these cookies are essential, while others help us improve your experience by providing insights into how the site is being used.

For more detailed information on the cookies we use, please check our Privacy Policy.

Customise settings
  • Necessary cookies enable core functionality. The website cannot function properly without these cookies, and you can only disable them by changing your browser preferences.