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Engaging hematopoietic cell transplantation patients and caregivers in the design of print and mobile application individualized survivorship care plan tools

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Engaging hematopoietic cell transplantation patients and caregivers in the design of print and mobile application individualized survivorship care plan tools

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Jaime M. Preussler, Ellen M. Denzen, Navneet S. Majhail, K. Scott Baker, Meggan McCann, Linda J. Burns, Jean Yi & Karen L. Syrjala 

Abstract

Purpose

INSPIRE (INteractive Survivorship Program with Information and REsources) is an online health program that includes a mobile app, website, health action plan, and individualized survivorship care plans for adult hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) survivors. The INSPIRE program integrates two previously effective randomized control trials that tested an internet-based program and patient-centered survivorship care plans for HCT survivors.

Methods

Three focus groups were conducted with a total of 22 participants (20 patients, 2 caregivers/patient advocates) to explore patient and caregiver preferences and to optimize the patient-centered emphasis of INSPIRE. Adult (age > 18 years at the time of study entry) HCT recipients had to be at least 1-year post-HCT to participate; caregivers/patient advocates were also eligible. Participants had to be able to communicate in English, could have any diagnosis, transplant type, or donor source, and could have had multiple transplants.

Results

All patient participants received an allogeneic HCT; average time since HCT was 8 years (range 2–22 years). The majority of participants were female (77.3%). Overall, the tools were well received by participants in this study, particularly the personalized features of all the tools. Major themes included interest in having the ability to tailor features to individual needs, and an interest in tracking information over time.

Discussion

Engaging patients and caregivers is invaluable to optimize tools designed to improve HCT survivorship care. Print, online, and mobile-based tools, tailored to individual patients’ treatment history and requisite follow-up care, can provide otherwise unavailable expertise and guidelines for care.

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Year 2020
Language English
Format PDF
DOI 10.1007/s00520-019-05114-3