mHealth Intervention

Efficacy of a Couple-focused, tailored, symptom self-management mHealth Intervention for Prostate Cancer and Patients and Partners

Principal Investigator: Lixin Song, PhD, RN, FAAN
Funded by: National Institutes of Nursing Research

Curative treatment for prostate cancer may save lives, but its side effects can be hard on the quality of life of both the patients and their intimate partners. Survivors may experience urinary, sexual, bowel and hormonal problems, general distress, pain, fatigue and sleep disturbances — which can disrupt intimacy and create stress for both survivors and partners. As partners are often also caregivers, including their participation in survivorship care is vital to the couple’s quality of life.

Lixin Song sought to create an online, couple-focused program as a convenient, cost-effective way for couples to develop strategies together that can help them manage the negative effects of cancer and cancer treatment. Song’s interdisciplinary team is pilot-testing the efficacy of an evidence-based, tailored mobile health (mHealth) intervention that could serve as a model everywhere for couples facing other types of chronic illnesses as they work to maintain strong relationships and regain their quality of life as a team.