Feasibility and Acceptability of an iPad Application to Assess Symptom Clusters in Adolescents with Cancer

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/303875
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Full-text
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Feasibility and Acceptability of an iPad Application to Assess Symptom Clusters in Adolescents with Cancer
Author(s):
Linder, Lauri; Erickson, Jeanne; Stegenga, Kristin; Woods, Nancy Fugate; Ameringer, Suzanne; Hinds, Pamela; Macpherson, Catherine Fiona
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Beta Kappa
Author Details:
Lauri Linder, PhD, APRN, CPON, lauri.linder@nurs.utah.edu; Jeanne Erickson, PhD, RN, AOCN; Kristin Stegenga, PhD, RN, CNS, CPON; Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN; Suzanne Ameringer, PhD, RN, CPON; Pamela Hinds, PhD, RN, FAAN; Catherine Fiona Macpherson, PhD, RN, CPON;
Abstract:

Session presented on: Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Purpose: Adolescents with cancer (AWC) experience multiple co-occurring interrelated disease- and treatment-related symptoms. A newly-developed iPad application, the Computerized Symptom Capture Tool (C-SCAT) uses a heuristics approach to explore symptom clusters. The C-SCAT combines graphical images and free text responses, empowering individuals to identify symptom clusters from their unique perspectives. This approach shifts the paradigm for studying symptom clusters to an inductive approach that considers how individuals interpret and give meaning to their clusters of symptoms. We present the feasibility and acceptability of the C-SCAT among AWC receiving chemotherapy.

Methods: 32 AWC at three United States institutions who had completed at least one cycle of chemotherapy completed the C-SCAT 24 to 96 hours following initiation of a chemotherapy cycle. Feasibility was measured via C-SCAT completion rates and AWC's evaluation of accuracy of their final drawing as a representation of their symptoms. Acceptability was evaluated with an investigator-developed questionnaire administered to the adolescents following C-SCAT completion.'

Results: All adolescents completed the C-SCAT successfully and indicated that the final image was an accurate representation of their symptoms. Adolescents reported increased self-awareness and appreciation for the ability to create a pictorial representation of their experience. They endorsed a preference for use of technology over paper and pencil instruments, citing familiarity with the technology, appreciation of its speed, flexibility for editing responses, and novelty of the application. Suggestions for improvement included: ability to add additional symptoms, more engaging color graphics, and more focused questions.'

Conclusion: The C-SCAT demonstrated feasibility and acceptability in these AWC receiving chemotherapy. This technology has global potential in future descriptive and intervention-based research including facilitation of patient-provider communication regarding the symptom experience and the development of symptom cluster-focused interventions. The C-SCAT also has potential use with other age groups, across the cancer treatment continuum, and in other disease states.

Keywords:
research; technology; adolescents
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013 ; 22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.

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dc.language.isoenen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleFeasibility and Acceptability of an iPad Application to Assess Symptom Clusters in Adolescents with Canceren
dc.contributor.authorLinder, Laurien
dc.contributor.authorErickson, Jeanneen
dc.contributor.authorStegenga, Kristinen
dc.contributor.authorWoods, Nancy Fugateen
dc.contributor.authorAmeringer, Suzanneen
dc.contributor.authorHinds, Pamelaen
dc.contributor.authorMacpherson, Catherine Fionaen
dc.contributor.departmentBeta Kappaen
dc.author.detailsLauri Linder, PhD, APRN, CPON, lauri.linder@nurs.utah.edu; Jeanne Erickson, PhD, RN, AOCN; Kristin Stegenga, PhD, RN, CNS, CPON; Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN; Suzanne Ameringer, PhD, RN, CPON; Pamela Hinds, PhD, RN, FAAN; Catherine Fiona Macpherson, PhD, RN, CPON;en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/303875-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Tuesday, July 23, 2013</p><b>Purpose: </b>Adolescents with cancer (AWC) experience multiple co-occurring interrelated disease- and treatment-related symptoms. A newly-developed iPad application, the Computerized Symptom Capture Tool (C-SCAT) uses a heuristics approach to explore symptom clusters. The C-SCAT combines graphical images and free text responses, empowering individuals to identify symptom clusters from their unique perspectives. This approach shifts the paradigm for studying symptom clusters to an inductive approach that considers how individuals interpret and give meaning to their clusters of symptoms. We present the feasibility and acceptability of the C-SCAT among AWC receiving chemotherapy. <p><b>Methods: </b>32 AWC at three United States institutions who had completed at least one cycle of chemotherapy completed the C-SCAT 24 to 96 hours following initiation of a chemotherapy cycle. Feasibility was measured via C-SCAT completion rates and AWC's evaluation of accuracy of their final drawing as a representation of their symptoms. Acceptability was evaluated with an investigator-developed questionnaire administered to the adolescents following C-SCAT completion.' <p><b>Results: </b>All adolescents completed the C-SCAT successfully and indicated that the final image was an accurate representation of their symptoms. Adolescents reported increased self-awareness and appreciation for the ability to create a pictorial representation of their experience. They endorsed a preference for use of technology over paper and pencil instruments, citing familiarity with the technology, appreciation of its speed, flexibility for editing responses, and novelty of the application. Suggestions for improvement included: ability to add additional symptoms, more engaging color graphics, and more focused questions.' <p><b>Conclusion: </b>The C-SCAT demonstrated feasibility and acceptability in these AWC receiving chemotherapy. This technology has global potential in future descriptive and intervention-based research including facilitation of patient-provider communication regarding the symptom experience and the development of symptom cluster-focused interventions. The C-SCAT also has potential use with other age groups, across the cancer treatment continuum, and in other disease states.en
dc.subjectresearchen
dc.subjecttechnologyen
dc.subjectadolescentsen
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:24:55Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22en
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:24:55Z-
dc.conference.date2013en
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en
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