E/Tablets to collect research-quality, patient-reported data.


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17528 Background: Programmed, wireless, notebook-and-pen style, computers ("e/Tablets") can collect review of systems data at the point of care, for use in the clinic visit. Can e/Tablets deployed in outpatient oncology clinics be used to collect research survey data that are comparable to paper-based data? METHODS: We used PACE e/Tablets (SOS, Inc.) to administer the disease-specific Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy (FACT), MD Anderson Symptom Inventory (MDASI), and FACT-GOG-Neurotoxicity (NTX) scales. Participants were 113 gastrointestinal (GI) cancer patients in Duke GI Oncology Clinic. At each of 4 visits in 6 months, participants completed all surveys in electronic format and 1 survey on paper. Subscales (electronic vs. paper) were compared using paired t-tests. Patients completed an electronic satisfaction survey. RESULTS: Mean age, 57 (SD 11); 67% male; 80% Caucasian; 47% no college degree; 67% metastatic cancer. Patients strongly supported e/Tablets: easy to read (97%), easy to respond to questions (97%), weight of computer comfortable (92%). Patients reported e/Tablets to be helpful for reporting symptoms (82%), and would recommend them to other patients (88%). After Bonferonni corrections (0.05/10=0.005), survey subscale scores for paper and electronic were similar except for the NTX scale. CONCLUSIONS: Patients are satisfied with e/Tablets to collect survey data. Preliminary results show that e/Tablets furnish comparable data to those collected by paper questionnaires on nearly all subscales tested. These results in GI cancers support our previous breast cancer study results, suggesting that e/Tablets offer a valid, feasible method for collecting research-quality, clinically relevant data from patients in outpatient academic oncology. [Table: see text] [Table: see text].

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Cited Authors

  • Uronis, HE; Herndon, JE; Coan, A; Bronson, K; Wheeler, J; Lyerly, HK; Morse, MA; Abernethy, AP

Published Date

  • May 20, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 15_suppl

Start / End Page

  • 17528 -

PubMed ID

  • 27950469

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1527-7755


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States