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Nurse AMIE: A tablet based supportive care platform in Metastatic Breast Cancer (AMIE = Addressing Metastatic Individuals Everyday)

We propose to build and test a software program called Nurse AMIE (Addressing Metastatic Individuals Everyday) to be provided to Stage IV breast cancer patients on an electronic tablet. This program will be tested in 50 Stage IV breast cancer patients who live within the Penn State Cancer Institute’s 28 county catchment area. Goals of the Nurse AMIE are to regularly assess mental-health, physical health, and other symptom related needs among Stage IV breast cancer patients and to provide appropriate help via videos, weekly calls (face to face, tablet to tablet) with a patient guide at Penn State, and appropriate referrals to phone or in person visits (as needed). The proposed Nurse AMIE software program will allow for the plan of resources (videos, audio files, exercises) to help with many of the common symptoms and challenges experienced by the patients. This is an identified need on the part of both the patients and their medical care teams. Finally, it will also allow patient guides to check in with patients, review responses to surveys, decide whether new or different documents or videos are needed, and connecting the patient to palliative care and other services if additional care is found to be needed.
18 year(s) or older
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Inclusion Criteria:
metastatic breast cancer
English speaking
sufficient vision/hearing or family support
Exclusion Criteria:
Medical or psychiatric conditions (beyond breast cancer, its treatment, and its symptoms) that would impair our ability to test study hypotheses (e. g. psychotic disorders, dementia, inability to give informed consent or follow the instruction).
Patients who are receiving any other behavioral intervention
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Hershey, PA