Designing a tablet-based intervention to support self-checking for melanoma

Matt Dennis, Judith Masthoff, Kirsten A. Smith, Peter Murchie, Susan Hall

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Abstract

In this paper, we describe the development of a tablet-based e-health app to help those previously treated for melanoma check their skin for recurrent or new melanomas. We present the results of a longitudinal pilot study, conducted in Scotland over six months with 20 patients previously diagnosed with melanoma. The app provided instructions on how to perform Total Skin Self-Examinations (TSSE), a set of high resolution photographs of their skin for comparison, and the facility to send information and photographs of suspicious skin changes directly to a nurse specialist. We investigate patients' experiences of this type of intervention and outline insights into the development of future e-health apps which encourage self-checking behaviours.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDH '15
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Conference on Digital Health 2015
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages79-86
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450334921
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event5th International Conference on Digital Health, DH 2015 - Florence, Italy
Duration: 18 May 201520 May 2015

Conference

Conference5th International Conference on Digital Health, DH 2015
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityFlorence
Period18/05/1520/05/15

Keywords

  • eHealth Interventions
  • Melanoma
  • Self-Checking
  • RCUK
  • EPSRC
  • EP/G066051/1

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