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WeCanConnect: Development of a Community-Informed mHealth Tool for People with Disabilities and Cancer

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posted on 24.05.2021, 15:12 by Susan Magasi, Jennifer Banas, Bruriah Horowitz, Judy Panko Reis, Kimberly The, Tom Wilson, David Victoson
BACKGROUND: Cancer care for people with disabilities (PWD) is rife with uncertainty and obstacles. Not only do PWD have to contend with cancer and treatment-related sequelae, but also its impact on disabling conditions and functional capacity, as well as a health care system lacking accessibility and disability competence. Peer support can address important needs for emotional and informational support. mHealth tools for smart phones, tablets, or laptops hold promise to deliver such support in an accessible and scalable manner. This concept is unexplored for use among PWD with cancer. OBJECTIVES: To describe a community-based participatory study that 1) identifies consumer-reported support needs and priorities among PWD and cancer and 2) integrates consumer perspectives into the design of an mHealth cancer support tool to address these needs and priorities. METHODS: Part 1 is a thematic analysis of semistructured, qualitative interviews with a purposive sample of experts in health and cancer care for PWD (n = 7) and a convenience sample of cancer survivors with preexisting disabilities (n = 9). In part 2, results were integrated to develop an mHealth peer support tool to addresses identified needs. RESULTS: Themes included 1) barriers across the cancer care continuum, 2) strengths within the disability community, and 3) recommendations for mHealth and peer support. Based on the qualitative findings, we designed a mHealth tool for peer support and information sharing among PWD with cancer. CONCLUSION: Consumer-informed mHealth tools hold great potential to leverage strengths in the disability community to address emotional and informational needs created by a lack of disability competence across the cancer care continuum.

Funding

2/3: The Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative (ChicagoCHEC)

National Cancer Institute

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1/3: The Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative (ChicagoCHEC)

National Cancer Institute

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3/3: The Chicago Cancer HealthEquity Collaborative (ChicagoCHEC)

National Cancer Institute

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Citation

Magasi, S., Banas, J., Horowitz, B., Reis, J. P., The, K., Wilson, T.Victoson, D. (2019). WeCanConnect: Development of a Community-Informed mHealth Tool for People with Disabilities and Cancer. Progress in Community Health Partnerships Research Education and Action, 13(5), 49-59. https://doi.org/10.1353/cpr.2019.0038

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Project Muse

Language

en

issn

1557-0541