Computing at Glasgow University
Paper ID: 7127
DCS Tech Report Number: TR-2003-156

Designing a Chemotherapy Symptom Management System for PDAs: Emerging Design Guidelines from Early Patient Pilot Studies
McGee,M.R. Gray,P. Muir,L. Hargan,I.

Publication Type: Tech Report (internal)
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Page Numbers : 10
Publisher: Dept of Computing Science, University of Glasgow
Year: 2003

In this report, the results from the iterative design stages of an electronic symptom management system are described. The final symptom management system has been implemented on personal digital assistants (PDAs) and was developed for use by patients with cancer to record, send, and browse information regarding their daily chemotherapy symptoms. The full system has since been tested in an outpatient setting to evaluate the feasibility of such a system when aimed at improving patient?s self-care and symptom management strategies following chemotherapy. This initial report presents important findings from pilot studies conducted in the outpatient clinic during the design and development phase of the symptom management system. Some guidelines will be suggested which should impact on the future design of medical based information systems and in particular those intended for use by users such as hospital outpatients. This work also highlights the importance of pilot studies of prototype systems, especially with diverse target user groups such as hospital outpatients.

Keywords: Medical informatics, mobile computing, symptom management, cancer, chemotherapy, electronic assistive technology.

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