A systematic review of smartphone applications for cancer survivors

Is there evidence to suggest the use of mobile phone applications are feasible in supporting cancer survivors? A systematic review was conducted to appraise research regarding the effectiveness of mobile phone applications in supporting cancer survivors during post-treatment care, focusing on their impact on quality of life and self-reported outcomes. Twenty-three studies, including three randomised controlled trials, were analysed up to December 2021. Results indicate that mobile apps are generally feasible and acceptable for survivorship care, particularly in promoting health through exercise and dietary support. However, there is limited evidence on their utility due to the scarcity of randomised controlled trials. Barriers to app use include time elapsed since treatment, technological unfamiliarity, and non-tailored content. The study suggests that while mobile apps hold potential for post-treatment support, guidance is needed to help survivors select appropriate and effective applications. Read the original article here.

Authors: Krisha Changrani (1), Sophie Chima (2), Arun Sharma (3), Gil-Gyu Han (3), Anushka Sharma (3), Mairead McNamara (2), Michael Jefford (4, 5), Jon Emery (2), Paige Druce (2, 6)
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