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Kessel, K.A. ; Vogel, M.M. ; Alles, A.* ; Dobiasch, S.* ; Fischer, H.* ; Combs, S.E.

Mobile app delivery of the EORTC QLQ-C30 questionnaire to assess health-related quality of life in oncological patients: Usability study.

JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 6:e45 (2018)
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© Kerstin A Kessel, Marco M E Vogel, Anna Alles, Sophie Dobiasch, Hanna Fischer, Stephanie E Combs. Background: Mobile apps are evolving in the medical field. However, ongoing discussions have questioned whether such apps are really valuable and whether patients will accept their use in day-to-day clinical life. Therefore, we initiated a usability study in our department.Objective: We present our results of the first app prototype and patient testing of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) assessment in oncological patients.Methods: We developed an app prototype for the iOS operating system within eight months in three phases: conception, initial development, and pilot testing. For the HRQoL assessment, we chose to implement only the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Quality of Life Questionnaire-Core 30 (QLQ-C30; German version 3). Usability testing was conducted for three months. Participation was voluntary and pseudonymized. After completion of the QLQ-C30 questionnaire using iPads provided by our department, we performed a short survey with 10 questions. This survey inquired about patients’ opinions regarding general aspects, including technical advances in medicine, mobile and app assistance during cancer treatment, and the app-specific functions (eg, interface and navigation).Results: After logging into the app, the user can choose between starting a questionnaire, reviewing answers (administrators only), and logging out. The questionnaire is displayed with the same information, questions, and answers as on the original QLQ-C30 sheet. No alterations in wording were made. Usability was tested with 81 patients; median age was 55 years. The median time for completing the HRQoL questionnaire on the iPad was 4.0 minutes. Of all participants, 84% (68/81) owned a mobile device. Similarly, 84% (68/81) of participants would prefer a mobile version of the HRQoL questionnaire instead of a paper-based version. Using the app in daily life during and after cancer treatment would be supported by 83% (67/81) of participants. In the prototype version of the app, data were stored on the device; in the future, 79% (64/81) of the patients would agree to transfer data via the Internet. Conclusions: Our usability test showed good results regarding attractiveness, operability, and understandability. Moreover, our results demonstrate a high overall acceptance of mobile apps and telemedicine in oncology. The HRQoL assessment via the app was accepted thoroughly by patients, and individuals are keen to use it in clinical routines, while data privacy and security must be ensured.
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Publication type Article: Journal article
Document type Scientific Article
Keywords Health-related Quality Of Life ; Healthcare Surveys ; Mobile Applications ; Mobile Apps ; Oncology ; Questionnaires ; Radiation Oncology ; Telemedicine; European-organization; Cancer
ISSN (print) / ISBN 2291-5222
e-ISSN 2291-5222
Quellenangaben Volume: 6, Issue: 2, Pages: , Article Number: e45 Supplement: ,
Publisher Springer
Publishing Place Toronto
Reviewing status Peer reviewed