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Quality of life of colorectal cancer survivors participating in a pilot randomized controlled trial of physical activity trackers and daily text messages.

  • Chan, Hilary
  • Van Loon, Katherine
  • Kenfield, Stacey A
  • Chan, June M
  • Mitchell, Emily
  • Zhang, Li
  • Paciorek, Alan
  • Joseph, Galen
  • Laffan, Angela
  • Atreya, Chloe
  • Fukuoka, Yoshimi
  • Miaskowski, Christine
  • Meyerhardt, Jeffrey A
  • Venook, Alan P
  • Van Blarigan, Erin L
Publication Date
May 01, 2022
eScholarship - University of California
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PurposeThere are over 1.3 million colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors in the USA, many of whom report lower health-related quality of life (HRQoL) years after treatment. This study aimed to explore the effect of digital health tools on HRQoL in CRC survivors.MethodsWe conducted a two-arm, randomized controlled trial of 42 subjects who had completed treatment for CRC. Participants in the intervention arm received a Fitbit Flex™ and daily text messages for 12 weeks. HRQoL was assessed as a secondary endpoint in both arms at enrollment and 12 weeks using the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form Survey (SF-36) and the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Colorectal (FACT-C). Survey score changes from enrollment to 12 weeks were compared between the two arms using independent t tests, and scores at enrollment and 12 weeks were compared using paired t tests.ResultsAn increase in the FACT-C functional well-being subscale was observed in individuals in the intervention arm pre- to post-intervention (median difference, 2; interquartile range (IQR), 1, 4; P = .02). Although the between-group comparison was not statistically significant, no change in the functional well-being subscale was observed in the control arm (median difference, 0; IQR, 1, 1; P = .71). No other measures of HRQoL appeared to differ within arm across time points or between arms.ConclusionA 12-week digital physical activity intervention may improve functional well-being among CRC survivors. Larger randomized studies are needed to determine if digital health tools improve functional well-being among CRC survivors and if this improvement can be sustained over time.Trial registrationNCT02966054; registration date, November 17, 2016.

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