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Keywords

Cancer Resource APP, Cancer resources, Clinical practice, Healthcare app, Nursing app

 

Authors

  1. WALKER, DEBORAH KIRK DNP, FNP-BC, AOCN
  2. HARDEMAN, AMBER BA, MPH
  3. OWEN, LARRY
  4. FRANK, JENNIFER SANDSON PhD

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to design, develop, and modify a cancer resource application (app) that providers, patients, and caregivers could use to locate local and national cancer resources. The project design used a modified version of the Questionnaire for User Interaction Survey 7.0 to gather information from a convenience sample of nurses and community participants regarding their perception of the app. These data helped to identify gaps in resources and modifications needed to make the app more user-friendly. The current cancer care system is complex, and patients often complain of uncoordinated care, lack of information, and insufficient psychosocial support. Cancer centers are working to meet the American College of Surgeons 2015 recommendation of psychosocial assessment and referrals; the Cancer Resource APP described here provides the resources to meet this need. Prototypes of the app were tested in practice and community settings, then solicited feedbackguided needed technology modifications. The resulting Cancer Resource APP provides the healthcarecommunity with information to make timely and consistent referrals for patients and caregivers.