Promoting Collaborative Goal Setting for Cancer Prevention Among Primary Care Patients Through mHealth: Mixed Methods Evaluation of a New App

Many newly diagnosed cancers are associated with modifiable lifestyle behaviours, such as diet, exercise, smoking cessation, and maintaining a healthy weight. However, primary care providers may be unable to directly engage patients in cancer prevention discussions due to barriers like competing priorities, limited time, and the lack of resources. Mobile phone (mHealth) apps have emerged as a potential tool for promoting healthy behaviors in primary care patients. This US study recruited minority patients from primary care to evaluate the beta version of an evidence-based mobile app—Healthier Together — designed to promote cancer prevention behaviours. Results suggested that the implementation of a mobile cancer prevention goal–setting app in a primary care setting was feasible, and the app achieved high usability, acceptability, and engagement among participants.

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