Development of a bladder cancer symptom assessment tool Medac Pharma

The Brief

Medac Pharma required a symptom assessment tool for mobile phones that patients with bladder cancer can use to record their symptoms during and after a course of treatment. The aim was to enable the patient to use the tool as a memory aid, marking their symptoms following treatment on their phone, rather than using pen and paper. This would hopefully then result in more accurate recall of the impact treatment has having on them on a physical level. Their responses needed to be sent to their oncology nurse as the information would then be used to aid discussion at their next appointment to feed into the patients’ treatment care pathway.

Our Response

We worked with representatives from Medac Pharma to design a simple, yet engaging, native mobile app for both Android and iOs, which patients use during a course of treatment. The app is on the respective app stores, however it has been designed to only be accessed by patients through their nurse once treatment has started. The app has been built with automatic reminders, so the patient is notified at certain points in time by push notification when they are due to start recording their symptoms. A series of 8 questions was co-designed by Medac and nursing staff which after completion are submitted via the app, fully encrypted, to a nominated nurse (identified/inputted at the beginning of the app use). We integrated corporate branding as well as the app being representative of NHS colours so that patients can identify the app with treatment.

The Outcome

The app is currently being tested with an oncology nurse and six patients who volunteer to pilot the app; to date the feedback has been excellent in terms of ease of use and the positive impact submitted the symptoms to the nurse between appointments is having on their overall treatment pathway. Full roll out of the app is planned for the end of 2019 whereby it will be introduced incrementally to other hospital trusts and patients.

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