Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Spotted: a mobile based symptom monitoring system for breast cancer patients in rural Bangladesh


Findings of e-ESAS: a mobile based symptom monitoring system for breast cancer patients in rural Bangladesh

Md Haque, Ferdaus Kawsar, Mohammad Adibuzzaman, Sheikh Ahamed, Richard Love, Rumana Dowla, David Roe, Syed Hossain, Reza Selim

Breast cancer (BC) patients need traditional treatment as well as long term monitoring through an adaptive feedback-oriented treatment mechanism. Here, we present the findings of our 31-week long field study and deployment of e-ESAS - the first mobile-based remote symptom monitoring system (RSMS) developed for rural BC patients where patients are the prime users rather than just the source of data collection at some point of time. We have also shown how 'motivation' and 'automation' have been integrated in e-ESAS and creating a unique motivation-persuasion-motivation cycle where the motivated patients become proactive change agents by persuading others.

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