Applying health: Using healthcare technology to enhance the delivery of rehabilitation programmes in cancer survivors

Recovery following oesophageal cancer (cancer of the food pipe) can be challenging. Cancer rehabilitation, which may involve exercise, advice from a dietitian, education or other therapeutic interventions, can help patients make an optimal recovery. The research team is currently investigating the effect of a 12 week rehabilitation programme (ReStOre programme), implemented at 1 year following surgery for oesophageal cancer. The programme has been well received to date, with patients reporting that the programme not only improved their fitness but also gave them confidence, psychological support and a focus for recovery. Key feedback received from patients recommended additional supports for tracking their progress with exercise and diet at home between sessions.
This project aims to develop a tailored web based and smart phone based application that will supplement the supervised intervention. It will include features such as instructional videos, links to resources of interest and progress tracking. Clinicians will be able to track patient adherence to the programme, send motivational messages and evaluate rehabilitation goals, therefore enhancing communication with the patient throughout the rehabilitation period. Developing smart phone applications enhances the accessibility of rehabilitation programmes to a wider audience.

Award Date
23 October 2015
Award Value
Principal Investigator
Dr Juliette Hussey
Host Institution
Trinity College Dublin
Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Scheme