Involving health professionals in the development of an advanced symptom management system for young people: the ASyMS©-YG study

F. Gibson, S. Aldiss, R. M. Taylor, Roma Maguire, N. Kearney

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Purpose of the study: ASyMS© is an advanced symptom management system utilising mobile phone technology for patients to report cancer chemotherapy-related symptoms. The aim of this paper is to present health professionals involvement in the development of ASyMS© for use with young people (YG) and evaluate their perceptions of the system. Stage 1: Health professionals reviewed the symptoms chosen by young people to be included on the personal digital assistant questionnaire to confirm they would have universal relevance. These included: mouth sores, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting and weight loss. Stage 2: Health professionals completed a questionnaire prior to the study commencing, which suggested they felt ASyMS©-YG would give young people control and facilitate timely interventions when symptoms occur. Post-study perceptions were sought through semi-structured interviews and consultation sessions with 23 health professionals. These showed two over-arching themes: young people's symptoms and perceptions of ASyMS©-YG; and six sub-themes: increased control for young people; enhances communication between young people and health professionals; and helps with professional early intervention; increased support for young people; improve knowledge and understanding; technology appealing to young people. Conclusions: This early development work indicates that ASyMS©-YG is acceptable to health professionals and their perceptions of the system were overall very positive. Health professionals will continue to be involved in the study through developing self-care guidelines and alert system, which will be tested in an exploratory trial (stage 3) and randomised controlled trial (stage 4) in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-192
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Oncology Nursing
Issue number3
Early online date5 May 2009
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2009


  • chemotherapy
  • information technology
  • self-care
  • symptom management
  • young people


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