Mobile Health (mHealth) Black Women With Breast Cancer

Conditions:Breast Cancer
Therapuetic Areas:Oncology
Age Range:21 - Any
Start Date:July 2015
End Date:December 2016
Contact:Esther Piervil, MPH, CHES

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Piloting the Acceptability of a Culturally Tailored Evidence-Based mHealth Intervention for Low-Income Black Women With Breast Cancer

This research study will test whether a series of video clips with breast cancer information
improves knowledge of breast cancer, breast cancer treatment and living with breast cancer.
Questionnaires will be completed to learn if the videos are helpful and pleasant to watch.

Though Black women have a lower breast cancer rate than White women, Black women have the
poorest outcomes of all races and ethnicities. Low cancer knowledge and mistrust of the
healthcare system have been shown to lead to poorer outcomes following breast cancer
diagnosis. Participants are asked to be in this research study if they are a woman age 21
years or older who identifies as Black/ African American and has been diagnosed with breast
cancer within the past 6 months.

First, participants will come to a pre-intervention study appointment and will be asked to
complete several questionnaires. The questionnaires will ask about breast cancer knowledge,
quality of life, and their relationship with their doctor. Participants will then opt-in to
the study by sending a text message to the study.

For the next ten ten weeks, participants will receive a text message with a link to one
video clip per week. Each video is 15-20 minutes long and contains information about breast
cancer. Participants will also receive one supportive text message per week for ten weeks.

At the end of the ten weeks, participants will be scheduled for a follow-up appointment.
Participants will again be asked questions about breast cancer knowledge, quality of life,
and their relationship with their doctor. Participants will also be asked what was helpful
and not helpful about the videos.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Age: 21 years or older

- Race/Ethnicity: Black from any cultural background (e.g., African American, Caribbean
Islander, Haitian, Black Hispanic, etc.)

- Diagnosed with breast cancer stages 0-III in the past 6 months

- Life Expectancy: ≥12 months

- Income: at or below 200% of the federal poverty line

- Have access to a cellphone

- Able to receive text messages on cell phone

- Able to view video clips on cell phone.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Previous diagnosis of any type of cancer

- Conditions or behaviors likely to affect the conduct of the trial: unwilling or
unable to give informed consent; unable to understand spoken English at the 8th grade
level; unwilling to travel to University of Florida Health Shands hospital or
HealthStreet for baseline and follow-up assessment appointments; inpatient
psychiatric treatment for major psychiatric disorder in the past year; substance use
disorder in the past year; and other conditions which in the opinion of study staff
would adversely affect participation in the trial.
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Gainesville, Florida 32610
Gainesville, FL
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