Testing Two Implementation Strategies in Collecting ePRO Among Multiple Myeloma Patients EPRO

What's the purpose of this trial?

This clinical trial evaluates satisfaction and engagement with a text messaging platform (TXT-Chatbot) compared to a patient portal system (MyChart/Patient Portal) for reporting symptoms among patients with multiple myeloma (MM). Multiple myeloma is the third most common hematologic (relating to the blood and blood-forming organs) cancer. Patients with MM typically receive continuous therapy from the time of diagnosis, which often comes with treatment-related toxicities. Symptom burden and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) for those with MM can be quite poor. Effects of MM and its treatment may impact HRQOL domains such as physical and emotional well-being, social functioning, and financial burden. Assessment of toxicities through patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures is critical and can generate information to help facilitate clinical decision making and follow up care. PROs are direct reports from patients about their health status. Compared with paper versions, electronic PROs (ePRO) allow patients to report their symptoms in real time outside of their clinic visit, facilitate direct data collection through the electronic health record, and enable clinicians to track symptoms long-term. The use of ePROs is associated with improved patient health outcomes, including better quality of life, reduced emergency department usage, and prolonged overall survival. The increased use of electronic communication technologies to capture PRO data long-term has been implemented through various methods including web-based, social media, text messages, mobile applications, and electronic portals. Text messaging is an accessible, though under-explored, communication channel for promoting ePRO collection. Information gathered from this study may help researchers understand MM patients' preferences for reporting symptoms via text message compared to a patient portal system.

This trial is currently open and accepting patients.

What will happen during the trial?

You may be able to join this trial if you:

The following criteria is a partial list of reasons why patients may be eligible to participate in this clinical trial. Further evaluation with a medical professional is required.

Inclusion Criteria:

* Diagnosis of MM
* Able to use TXT or have Internet access
* Can read and understand English
* If patients are undergoing an autologous stem cell transplant, they will be enrolled after their transplant

Exclusion Criteria:

* \< 18 years of age
* Cognitive impairment documented in the electronic medical record (EMR)

Additional Trial Information

Enrollment: 200 patients (estimated)

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Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, PA

Open and Accepting
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