Optimizing health information technologies for symptom management in cancer patients and survivors: Usability evaluation

Emily G. Lattie, Michael Bass, Sofia F. Garcia, Siobhan M. Phillips, Patricia I. Moreno, Ann Marie Flores, J. D. Smith, Denise Scholtens, Cynthia Barnard, Frank J. Penedo, David Cella, Betina Yanez

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

1 Scopus citations

Abstract

Background: Unmanaged cancer symptoms and treatment-related side effects can compromise long-term clinical outcomes and health-related quality of life. Health information technologies such as web-based platforms offer the possibility to supplement existing care and optimize symptom management. Objective: This paper describes the development and usability of a web-based symptom management platform for cancer patients and survivors that will be implemented within a large health system. Methods: A web-based symptom management platform was designed and evaluated via one-on-one usability testing sessions. The System Usability Scale (SUS), After Scenario Questionnaire (ASQ), and qualitative analysis of semistructured interviews were used to assess program usability. Results: Ten cancer survivors and five cancer center staff members participated in usability testing sessions. The mean score on the SUS was 86.6 (SD 14.0), indicating above average usability. The mean score on the ASQ was 2.5 (SD 2.1), indicating relatively high satisfaction with the usability of the program. Qualitative analyses identified valued features of the program and recommendations for further improvements. Conclusions: Cancer survivors and oncology care providers reported high levels of acceptability and usability in the initial development of a web-based symptom management platform for cancer survivors. Future work will test the effectiveness of this web-based platform.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere18412
JournalJMIR Formative Research
Volume4
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2020

Keywords

  • Cancer survivorship
  • Digital health
  • EHealth
  • Patient-reported outcomes
  • Supportive care
  • Symptom management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Optimizing health information technologies for symptom management in cancer patients and survivors: Usability evaluation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this