A Mobile Phone Intervention to Promote Adherence to Survivorship Care Among Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors
Adolescents and young adults (AYA) survivors of childhood cancer receive inadequate surveillance for treatment-related late effects. This study evaluates the acceptability and feasibility of a mobile phone messaging intervention targeting behavior changes related to receiving survivorship care among AYA survivors.Content from an existing text-messaging survivorship education intervention will be adapted to a novel text-messaging platform, Chorus. Ten AYA survivors will be recruited to participate in the expanded 12-week text messaging intervention. In-depth interviews will be conducted with each participant during the study, and a focus group with all participants will be conducted at the end of the study. Qualitative analysis will determine areas for improvement in the text messaging intervention in order to ensure acceptability and feasibility in AYA survivors. The text messaging intervention on Chorus will be adapted to better suit the needs of AYA survivors based on the results of the qualitative analysis. Mobile phone interventions offer a cost-effective, age-appropriate approach to AYA survivorship care education. If effective, the text-messaging intervention will be evaluated in a randomized, controlled pilot trial to improve rates of survivorship care and clinical outcomes for AYA survivors.
- Patients must be between the ages of 18 to 39 years at the time of enrollment
- Patient must reside in the greater Los Angeles area.
- Patients must have received survivorship care at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
- Patients must be fluent in English.
- Patients must be off cancer therapy for at least one year.
- Patients must have personal access to a smart phone with text messaging and internet and/or data capability.