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Supporting Medical Staff from Psycho-Oncology with Smart Mobile Devices: Insights into the Development Process and First Results

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Institute of Medical Systems Biology, Ulm University, 89081 Ulm, Germany
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DigiHealth Institute, University of Applied Sciences Neu-Ulm, 89231 Neu-Ulm, Germany
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Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Ulm University, 89081 Ulm, Germany
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Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ulm University Hospital, 89081 Ulm, Germany
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Strategic IT, Ulm University Hospital, 89081 Ulm, Germany
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Academic Editors: George Crooks and Savino Sciascia
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(10), 5092; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105092
Received: 3 March 2021 / Revised: 29 April 2021 / Accepted: 4 May 2021 / Published: 11 May 2021
Cancer is a very distressing disease, not only for the patients themselves, but also for their family members and relatives. Therefore, patients are regularly monitored to decide whether psychological treatment is necessary and applicable. However, such monitoring processes are costly in terms of required staff and time. Mobile data collection is an emerging trend in various domains. The medical and psychological field benefits from such an approach, which enables experts to quickly collect a large amount of individual health data. Mobile data collection applications enable a more holistic view of patients and assist psychologists in taking proper actions. We developed a mobile application, FeelBack, which is designed to support data collection that is based on well-known and approved psychological instruments. A controlled pilot evaluation with 60 participants provides insights into the feasibility of the developed platform and it shows the initial results. 31 of these participants received paper-based questionnaire and 29 followed the digital approach. The results reveal an increase of the overall acceptance by 58.5% in the mean when using a digital screening as compared to the paper-based. We believe that such a platform may significantly improve cancer patients’ and relatives’ psychological treatment, as available data can be used to optimize treatment. View Full-Text
Keywords: data collection; smart mobile devices; development process; psycho-oncology data collection; smart mobile devices; development process; psycho-oncology
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Schobel, J.; Volz, M.; Hörner, K.; Kuhn, P.; Jobst, F.; Schwab, J.D.; Ikonomi, N.; Werle, S.D.; Fürstberger, A.; Hoenig, K.; Kestler, H.A. Supporting Medical Staff from Psycho-Oncology with Smart Mobile Devices: Insights into the Development Process and First Results. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 5092. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105092

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Schobel J, Volz M, Hörner K, Kuhn P, Jobst F, Schwab JD, Ikonomi N, Werle SD, Fürstberger A, Hoenig K, Kestler HA. Supporting Medical Staff from Psycho-Oncology with Smart Mobile Devices: Insights into the Development Process and First Results. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(10):5092. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105092

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Schobel, Johannes, Madeleine Volz, Katharina Hörner, Peter Kuhn, Franz Jobst, Julian D. Schwab, Nensi Ikonomi, Silke D. Werle, Axel Fürstberger, Klaus Hoenig, and Hans A. Kestler 2021. "Supporting Medical Staff from Psycho-Oncology with Smart Mobile Devices: Insights into the Development Process and First Results" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 10: 5092. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105092

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