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The Usability and Acceptability of a Patient-Centered Mobile Health Tracking App Among a Sample of Adult Radiation Oncology Patients

Birkhoff, Susan D., PhD, RN; Cantrell, Mary Ann, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN; Moriarty, Helene, PhD, RN, FAAN; Lustig, Robert, MD, FACR

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000202
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The usability and acceptability of patient-centered mobile health tracking apps among most clinical populations are unknown. This mixed-methods feasibility study evaluated the usability and acceptability of the Health Storylines app among 32 adult radiation oncology patients in a 2-week trial. Data were collected via pre– and post–app use surveys and digital analytics. Participants accessed the app platform a total of 711 times. The overall usability of the Heath Storylines app was rated favorably, and 81% of participants reported the app easy to use. This study provides beginning evidence of the usability and acceptability of this type of mobile health tracking app in adult oncology patients.

Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania (Drs Birkhoff, Cantrell, and Moriarty); and University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (Dr Lustig).

Correspondence: Susan D. Birkhoff, PhD, RN, Villanova University College of Nursing, 800 Lancaster Ave, Villanova, PA 19085 (

The authors thank the patients who participated in this study, as well as Penn Medicine and the Roberts Proton Therapy Center for facilitating the study. The authors also thank Self Care Catalysts for providing a dynamic health tracking app for the participants to use throughout the study. Finally, they thank Nancy Sharts-Hopko, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Suzanne C. Smeltzer, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, of Villanova University College of Nursing for their editorial feedback.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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