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Utilization of the Medical Research Council Evaluation Framework in the Development of Technology for Symptom Management The ASyMS (c)-YG Study

Gibson, F, Aldiss, S, Taylor, RM, Maguire, R, McCann, L, Sage, M and Kearney, N (2010) Utilization of the Medical Research Council Evaluation Framework in the Development of Technology for Symptom Management The ASyMS (c)-YG Study CANCER NURSING, 33 (5). pp. 343-352.

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Background: Technology is becoming an important medium for supporting patients in health care. However, successful application depends on user acceptability. The Advanced Symptom Management System (ASyMS©) involves patients reporting cancer chemotherapy-related symptoms using mobile phone technology. Objective: The aim of this article was to report a study of how young people were involved in the development of ASyMS© using the Medical Research Council framework for evaluating complex interventions. Methods: A convenience sample of young people aged 13 to 18 years undergoing cancer chemotherapy were recruited from 2 principal cancer treatment centers in London. Results: In phase 1, young people selected 5 symptoms from an adapted version of the Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale that were most important to them. In phase 2, young people completed the ASyMS©-YG PDA (personal digital assistant) questionnaire daily on days 1 to 14 of a cycle of chemotherapy and pre/post-use questionnaires. In phase 1, 5 young people chose diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, constipation, and weight loss as the most important symptoms. In phase 2, 25 young people reported positively to using PDA technology, found ASyMS©-YG simple and easy to complete, and liked that they were monitored at home. In addition to the 5 core symptoms, the ASyMS©-YG reports showed the number (n = 37) of other symptoms young people experienced. CONCLUSIONS:: This early development work indicates the acceptability of ASyMS©-YG and has informed an exploratory trial (phase 3) and randomized controlled trial (stage 4). Implications for practice: This study reaffirms the importance of promoting communication between young people and health professionals. Copyright © 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Biosciences
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Biosciences and Medicine
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Date : 1 September 2010
Identification Number : 10.1097/NCC.0b013e3181cb4bad
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Oncology, Nursing, NURSING, SCI, NURSING, SSCI, ONCOLOGY, Chemotherapy, Information technology, Self-care, Symptom management, Young people, CHEMOTHERAPY-RELATED TOXICITY, COMPLEX INTERVENTIONS, ASSESSMENT SCALE, IMPROVE HEALTH, CANCER, SYSTEM, DISTRESS, CHILDREN, MONITOR
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Date Deposited : 07 Jun 2016 12:02
Last Modified : 07 Jun 2016 12:02

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