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A MOBILE INTERVENTION FOR CORE NEEDLE BIOPSY RELATED PAIN AND ANXIETY: A USABILITY STUDY

Vol XVII, No. 1, 2017 Comments (0)

Roxana A.I. CARDOȘ*1 ,Radu ȘOFLĂU1, Amfiana GHERMAN1, Mădălina SUCALĂ1, Angelica CHIOREAN2

*roxana.cardos@ubbcluj.ro
1Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2Iuliu Hațieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Abstract
Background: Core needle biopsy is a reliable diagnostic test for breast cancer. Although this procedure is a reliable diagnosis tool that can improve chances of successful treatment and survival, it can be associated with pain and anxiety. In this context, a mobile health intervention (BIO H-App) has been developed to address patients’ symptoms of pain and anxiety through a relaxation exercise. In order to reduce patients’ burden, the intervention was designed to be delivered through mobile devices (e.g., tablets, smartphones).
Aims: To conduct a pilot study in order to obtain usability data and to assess users’ satisfaction with the BIO H-App intervention.
Method: Participants (N = 16, mean age=42.43), were recruited online. The study consisted of three steps: 1) the online pre-test survey, 2) use of the BIO H-App, and 3) a post-test survey.
Results: Participants found the intervention component to be useful and a majority of them (75%) declared they would recommend the application to a patient. All tasks were completed successfully and participants were satisfied with the intervention.
Conclusions: Although its efficacy needs to be evaluated, BIO-H App is a promising intervention considering users’ satisfaction with it and its ease of use.

Keywords: core needle biopsy, anxiety, pain, mobile health, usability

Doi: 10.24193/jebp.2017.1.2

Published online: 2017/03/01
Published print: 2017/03/01

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