Simple Summary Mobile applications in clinical treatment are becoming increasingly popular among cancer patients and survivors. The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the importance of digital interventions in patient monitoring. We conducted a scoping review and classified Mobile Health (mHealth) trials into sub-groups based on intervention methodologies, lifestyle variables, and their effectiveness on cancer health outcomes. Our study identified the key elements of the mHealth approach for cancer care, including interactive support, personalized suggestions, active participation of users, wearable technology and rigorous theory-based solutions. We also established a taxonomy that can be employed by application developers and medical specialists in developing future mHealth cancer care solutions. Mobile Health (mHealth) has a great potential to enhance the self-management of cancer patients and survivors. Our study aimed to perform a scoping review to evaluate the impact and trends of mobile application-based interventions on adherence and their effects on health outcomes among the cancer population. In addition, we aimed to develop a taxonomy of mobile-app-based interventions to assist app developers and healthcare researchers in creating future mHealth cancer care solutions. Relevant articles were screened from the online databases PubMed, EMBASE, and Scopus, spanning the time period from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2022. Of the 4135 articles initially identified, 55 were finally selected for the review. In the selected studies, breast cancer was the focus of 20 studies (36%), while mixed cancers were the subject of 23 studies (42%). The studies revealed that the usage rate of mHealth was over 80% in 41 of the 55 studies, with factors such as guided supervision, personalized suggestions, theoretical intervention foundations, and wearable technology enhancing adherence and efficacy. However, cancer progression, technical challenges, and unfamiliarity with devices were common factors that led to dropouts. We also proposed a taxonomy based on diverse theoretical foundations of mHealth interventions, delivery methods, psycho-educational programs, and social platforms. We suggest that future research should investigate, improve, and verify this taxonomy classification to enhance the design and efficacy of mHealth interventions.

Dhar, E., Bah, A. N., Chicchi Giglioli, I. A. M., Quer, S., Fernandez-Luque, L., Núñez-Benjumea, F. J., Malwade, S., Uddin, M., Upadhyay, U., Syed-Abdul, S., A Scoping Review and a Taxonomy to Assess the Impact of Mobile Apps on Cancer Care Management, <<CANCERS>>, N/A; 15 (6): N/A-N/A. [doi:10.3390/cancers15061775] [https://hdl.handle.net/10807/268098]

A Scoping Review and a Taxonomy to Assess the Impact of Mobile Apps on Cancer Care Management

Chicchi Giglioli, Irene Alice Margherita;
2023

Abstract

Simple Summary Mobile applications in clinical treatment are becoming increasingly popular among cancer patients and survivors. The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the importance of digital interventions in patient monitoring. We conducted a scoping review and classified Mobile Health (mHealth) trials into sub-groups based on intervention methodologies, lifestyle variables, and their effectiveness on cancer health outcomes. Our study identified the key elements of the mHealth approach for cancer care, including interactive support, personalized suggestions, active participation of users, wearable technology and rigorous theory-based solutions. We also established a taxonomy that can be employed by application developers and medical specialists in developing future mHealth cancer care solutions. Mobile Health (mHealth) has a great potential to enhance the self-management of cancer patients and survivors. Our study aimed to perform a scoping review to evaluate the impact and trends of mobile application-based interventions on adherence and their effects on health outcomes among the cancer population. In addition, we aimed to develop a taxonomy of mobile-app-based interventions to assist app developers and healthcare researchers in creating future mHealth cancer care solutions. Relevant articles were screened from the online databases PubMed, EMBASE, and Scopus, spanning the time period from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2022. Of the 4135 articles initially identified, 55 were finally selected for the review. In the selected studies, breast cancer was the focus of 20 studies (36%), while mixed cancers were the subject of 23 studies (42%). The studies revealed that the usage rate of mHealth was over 80% in 41 of the 55 studies, with factors such as guided supervision, personalized suggestions, theoretical intervention foundations, and wearable technology enhancing adherence and efficacy. However, cancer progression, technical challenges, and unfamiliarity with devices were common factors that led to dropouts. We also proposed a taxonomy based on diverse theoretical foundations of mHealth interventions, delivery methods, psycho-educational programs, and social platforms. We suggest that future research should investigate, improve, and verify this taxonomy classification to enhance the design and efficacy of mHealth interventions.
2023
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Dhar, E., Bah, A. N., Chicchi Giglioli, I. A. M., Quer, S., Fernandez-Luque, L., Núñez-Benjumea, F. J., Malwade, S., Uddin, M., Upadhyay, U., Syed-Abdul, S., A Scoping Review and a Taxonomy to Assess the Impact of Mobile Apps on Cancer Care Management, <<CANCERS>>, N/A; 15 (6): N/A-N/A. [doi:10.3390/cancers15061775] [https://hdl.handle.net/10807/268098]
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