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The developement of the recovery assessment by phone points (RAPP): A mobile phone application for postoperative recovery monitoring and assessment
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. (Perioperativ omvårdnad)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7574-6745
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. (Perioperativ omvårdnad)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4170-6451
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. (Perioperativ omvårdnad)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5996-2584
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business. (Perioperativ omvårdnad)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3713-346X
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2015 (English)In: JMIR mhealth and uhealth, E-ISSN 2291-5222, Vol. 3, no 3, e86Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: In Sweden, day surgery is performed in almost 2 million patients per year. Patient satisfaction is closely related to potential adverse events during the recovery process. A way to empower patients and give them the opportunity to affect care delivery is to let them evaluate their recovery process. The most common evaluation method is a follow-up telephone call by a nurse one or two days after surgery. In recent years, mHealth apps have been used to evaluate the nurse-patient relationship for self-management in chronic diseases or to evaluate pain after surgery. To the best of our knowledge, no previous research has explored the recovery process after day surgery via mobile phone in a Swedish cohort.

Objective: The objective of the study is to describe the process of developing a mobile phone app using a Swedish Web-based Quality of Recovery (SwQoR) questionnaire to evaluate postoperative recovery after day surgery.

Methods: The development process included five steps: (1) setting up an interdisciplinary task force, (2) evaluating the potential needs of app users, (3) developing the Swedish Web version of a QoR questionnaire, (4) constructing a mobile phone app, and (5) evaluating the interface and design by staff working in a day-surgery department and patients undergoing day surgery. A task force including specialists in information and communication technology, eHealth, and nursing care worked closely together to develop a Web-based app. Modifications to the QoR questionnaire were inspired by instruments used in the field of recovery for both children and adults. The Web-based app, Recovery Assessment by Phone Points (RAPP) consists of two parts: (1) a mobile app installed on the patient’s private mobile phone, and (2) an administrator interface for the researchers.

Results: The final version of the SwQoR questionnaire, which includes 31 items, was successfully installed in RAPP. The interface and the design were evaluated by asking for user opinions about the design and usefulness of the app with 10 day surgery patients. Some minor adjustments were made concerning text size and screen color.

Conclusions: Taking advantage of joint expertise, a useable Web-based app adaptable to different technical platforms was constructed. In addition, the SwQoR was successfully transferred into digital format for use on mobile phones.

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Toronto, Canada: J M I R Publications, Inc. , 2015. Vol. 3, no 3, e86
Keyword [en]
Cellular phone, postoperative recovery, day care
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Medical and Health Sciences Nursing
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Medicine; Caring sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-44797DOI: 10.2196/mhealth.4649ISI: 000364809700003PubMedID: 26362403OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-44797DiVA: diva2:816071
Available from: 2015-06-02 Created: 2015-06-02 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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