June 7, 2018

Emojis could help monitor cancer patients´ progress

By Karl Oestreich

Daily Mail

Positive and negative reactions, recorded using an app on Apple Watches and iPhones, could be used by doctors to see if patients need help in between appointments, a clinician has said Dr. Carrie Thompson, from the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, will present research on the feasibility of emoji scales to record the quality of cancer patient life at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago. “We think there’s a lot of potential for these faces, because they cut across a lot of barriers,” she told the Press Association. “They don’t require any particular language, they are universal, they don’t require a certain education level.”

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Context:  Carrie Thompson, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic hemotologist. , reported on the ability of an emoji available on the Apple Watch to assess patient-reported quality of life (QOL). The aims of the study were 3-fold: to develop technology to measure physical activity and PROs using the Apple Watch and iPhone, determine feasibility and patient acceptability of collecting PROs using wearable technology, and explore the ability of the emoji to assess PROs.“All patients were asked to wear the Apple Watch for a minimum of 8 hours per day for 12 weeks, from which we collected physical activity data,” Dr. Thompson said. “Patients were randomly assigned into three groups for mode of survey collection. These groups were stratified by cancer state—active treatment, survivorship, and observation alone—as these groups were likely to have different PRO and activity levels.” You can read more about the study here.

Contact:  Joe Dangor

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