Connected health: cancer symptom and quality-of-life assessment using a tablet computer: a pilot study

Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2015 Mar;32(2):189-97. doi: 10.1177/1049909113510963. Epub 2013 Nov 7.


Incorporation of tablet computers (TCs) into patient assessment may facilitate safe and secure data collection. We evaluated the usefulness and acceptability of a TC as an electronic self-report symptom assessment instrument. Research Electronic Data Capture Web-based application supported data capture. Information was collected and disseminated in real time and a structured format. Completed questionnaires were printed and given to the physician before the patient visit. Most participants completed the survey without assistance. Completion rate was 100%. The median global quality of life was high for all. More than half reported pain. Based on Edmonton Symptom Assessment System, the top 3 most common symptoms were tiredness, anxiety, and decreased well-being. Patient and physician acceptability for these quick and useful TC-based surveys was excellent.

Keywords: cancer; connected health; patient reported outcomes; quality of life; symptoms; tablet computer.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Computers, Handheld*
  • Data Collection / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Quality of Life*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires