Going beyond (electronic) patient-reported outcomes: harnessing the benefits of smart technology and ecological momentary assessment in cancer survivorship research

Melissa S.Y. Thong, Raymond J. Chan, Corina van den Hurk, Kristen Fessele, Winston Tan, Dagmara Poprawski, Paz Fernández-Ortega, Catherine Paterson, Margaret I. Fitch, MASCC EMA working group

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Abstract

Introduction

Rapid developments in digital mobile and sensor technology have facilitated the active and passive collection of detailed, personalized data in increasingly affordable ways [1]. Researchers may be familiar with the daily diary, portable computers, or the pedometer for the collection of patient-reported outcomes (PRO) [2] in cancer survivorship research [3]. Such methods, termed ecological momentary assessment (EMA), have evolved with technological advances, e.g., collecting data or providing interventions (ecological momentary intervention, EMI) via apps or devices such as smartphones [4]. These smart technology–adapted sEMA/sEMI methods are more widely used in affective disorders or addictive behavior research [5, 6] but are currently still under-utilized in cancer survivorship research. A recent scoping review on the use of active EMA among cancer survivors identified twelve articles published between 1993 and 2018 [7]. Most of the included studies in that review used portable computers. This commentary will discuss the utility of sEMA/sEMI in cancer survivorship research and call for action to advance this area of science.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-10
Number of pages4
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cancer survivors
  • Ecological momentary assessment
  • Patient-reported outcomes
  • Real-time data
  • Repeated measures

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