A Mobile App (AMOR Mama) for Women With Breast Cancer Undergoing Radiation Therapy: Functionality and Usability Study
Cruz F, Faria E, Ghobad P, Alves L, Reis P. (2021). A Mobile App (AMOR Mama) for Women With Breast Cancer Undergoing Radiation Therapy: Functionality and Usability Study. J Med Internet Res. 2021;23(10):e24865. https://www.jmir.org/2021/10/e24865 DOI: 10.2196/24865
Researchers investigated the functionality and usability of a mobile app for women with breast cancer undergoing radiation therapy. The app, called “AMOR Mama”, includes chapters on radiation therapy, stages of treatment, and prevention and management of adverse effects of radiation therapy. The app also provides a diary, calendar, and reminder notifications to help with scheduling and monitoring. Eight professionals, including nurses, doctors, medical physicists, and communication network engineers were recruited to participate in the evaluation of AMOR Mama. The evaluation consisted of a focus group session to collect feedback followed by a quantitative evaluation tool. Results showed that some participants expressed concern that the text in “AMOR Mama” was not accessible for people with differing levels of education. It was recommended that the app use images and figures to correspond with the text. There was consensus that the remaining aspects of the app were acceptable. Based on these findings, the app has potential to contribute to health education for women with breast cancer. Initial findings suggest the app may have potential to educate women with breast cancer; future studies need to assess the performance and quality of the app in the target population.