Title: Text Messaging as a Method to Increase Oral Chemotherapy Adherence in Hispanic Cancer Populations: Patient and Provider Feasibility Surveys
Objectives: The purpose of this study was to explore the feasibility of conducting an interventional study to evaluate the effectiveness of text messaging as an intervention to improve medication adherence for Hispanic cancer patients receiving oral chemotherapeutic medication.
The specific aims of this study were:
Methods: Eligibility criteria for patient participants were: 18 years and older, speak English, Hispanic, diagnosed with invasive cancer, and currently taking oral chemotherapy. Exclusion criteria were: unable to provide informed consent, and pregnant. Eligibility criteria for providers included: actively involved in cancer care delivery(e.g., medical oncologists, psychologists, pharmacists, oncology nurses, patient navigators, and/or social workers), over the age of 18, speak English, working at the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNMCCC). There were 30 participants overall: 20 patient participants and 10 providers.
Principal findings of this exploratory study were:
A. Provider Results:
B. Patient Results:
Both patients and providers suggested strategies for developing and implementing text message reminders such specifying timing, frequency and content of culturally acceptable text messages.
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