Development and pilot testing of an mHealth behavioral cancer pain protocol for medically underserved communities.


Journal Article

The purpose of this study was to refine and test a mobile-health behavioral cancer pain coping skills training protocol for women with breast cancer and pain from medically underserved areas. Three focus groups (Phase 1) were used to refine the initial protocol. A single-arm pilot trial (Phase 2) was conducted to assess feasibility, acceptability, and changes in outcomes. The intervention was delivered at a community-based clinic via videoconferencing technology. Participants were women (N = 19 for Phase 1 and N = 20 for Phase 2) with breast cancer and pain in medically underserved areas. Major themes from focus groups were used to refine the intervention. The refined intervention demonstrated feasibility and acceptability. Participants reported significant improvement in pain severity, pain interference, and self-efficacy for pain management. Our intervention is feasible, acceptable, and likely to lead to improvement in pain-related outcomes for breast cancer patients in medically underserved areas. Implications for Psychosocial Oncology Practice Breast cancer patients being treated in medically underserved areas have a dearth of exposure to behavioral interventions that may improve their ability to manage pain. Evidence from this single-arm pilot trial suggests that our mobile-health behavioral cancer pain coping skills training protocol is acceptable and feasible in this vulnerable population. Appropriately adapted mobile-health technologies may provide an avenue to reach underserved patients and implement behavioral interventions to improve pain management.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dorfman, CS; Kelleher, SA; Winger, JG; Shelby, RA; Thorn, BE; Sutton, LM; Keefe, FJ; Gandhi, V; Manohar, P; Somers, TJ

Published Date

  • May 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 335 - 349

PubMed ID

  • 30585762

Pubmed Central ID

  • 30585762

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1540-7586

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/07347332.2018.1479327


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States