Researchers from University of Leeds, and Leeds Teaching Hospitals, NHS Trust, Leeds, UK conducted a study as there has been a dramatic increase in the development of electronic systems to support cancer patients to report and manage side effects of treatment from home. Systems vary in the features they offer to patients, which may affect how patients engage with them and how they improve patient-centered outcomes.
The research team concluded that electronic systems have the potential to help patients manage side effects of cancer treatment, with some evidence to suggest a positive effect on patient-centered outcomes. However, comparison across studies is difficult due to the wide range of assessment tools used. There is no need to develop guidelines for assessing and reporting engagement with systems, and a set of core outcomes for evaluation. The Leeds’ based team seeks to contribute to the field by introducing a taxonomy for characterizing system features.
Lorraine Warrington, BSC, MSc, PhD
Kate Absolom, BSc, PhD
Mark Conner, BSc, Phd
Ian Kellar, BA, D Phil
Beverly Clayton, RGN, RSCN, BHSc
Michael Ayres, MBBS, MSc
Galina Velikova, BMBS, PhD