Monitoring symptoms at home: what methods would cancer patients be comfortable using?

Kleiboer, A; Gowing, K; Holm Hansen, C; Hibberd, C; Hodges, L; Walker, J; Thekkumpurath, P; O'Connor, M; Murray, G; Sharpe, M; (2010) Monitoring symptoms at home: what methods would cancer patients be comfortable using? Quality of life research, 19 (7). pp. 965-8. ISSN 0962-9343 DOI:

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PURPOSE This study aimed to determine which methods of remote symptom assessment cancer outpatients would be comfortable using, including those involving information technology, and whether this varied with age and gender. METHODS A questionnaire survey of 477 outpatients attending the Edinburgh Cancer Centre in Edinburgh, UK. RESULTS Most patients reported that they would not feel comfortable using methods involving technology such as a secure website, email, mobile phone text message, or a computer voice on the telephone but that they would be more comfortable using more traditional methods such as a paper questionnaire, speaking to a nurse on the telephone, or giving information in person. CONCLUSIONS The uptake of new, potentially cost-effective technology-based methods of monitoring patients' symptoms at home might be limited by patients' initial discomfort with the idea of using them. It will be important to develop methods of addressing this potential barrier (such as detailed explanation and supervised practice) if these methods are to be successfully implemented.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PubMed ID: 20446045
Web of Science ID: 281111200004


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