Acceptability and Preliminary Efficacy of a SMS Text Message Intervention in Older Cancer PatientsGerontolocial Society of America (2014)
With 68% of adults owning cell phones, text messaging (herein, SMS) may be a means to prompt self-management. A 10-week trial of a 4-week SMS intervention enrolled 80 patients from 2 cancer centers and a specialty pharmacy. Regarding acceptability, 56.3% (80/142) of eligible consented. Mean age of consented was 58.5 (range 39-82); eligible not consented 57.24 (range 32-92); and ineligible 63.6 (range 26-82). Of 142 approached, consent rate according to age was: 60% (27 of 45) for those 65+; 53% (35 of 66) for those 50-64; and 58.1% (18 of 31) for those <50. Females represented 59% (n=47) of consented, 39% (n=24) of eligible not consented, and 46% (n=54) of ineligible. A significant difference by sex was found between consented versus eligible but not enrolled (p=.02) with females participating at a higher level; no difference was found in age. Data collection is ongoing. Preliminary adherence/symptom severity efficacy will be reported.
Publication DateFall 2014
Citation InformationSandra Spoelstra. "Acceptability and Preliminary Efficacy of a SMS Text Message Intervention in Older Cancer Patients" Gerontolocial Society of America (2014)
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