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to help patients facing life-and-death issues to also remember important quality-of-life concerns they have had, such as how food taste might be altered by treatment, or whether they bruise more easily or have trouble sleeping."

The researchers also speculate that the E/Tablets were able to elicit more information on sensitive subjects, such as a patient's sex life because working with them affords a certain amount of privacy that patients don't believe they have with paper and pen.

"Patients using clipboards might worry that someone is looking over their shoulders," Abernethy said. "With E/Tablets, they can answer a question and then move to the next screen."

E/Tablets can also be used to provide information -- such as a library of educational content tailored for the needs of cancer patients, or video clips of survivors telling their stories -- to patients as they sit in waiting rooms, kind of like personal laptop computers, Abernethy said.

The researchers also expect the tablets to become useful tools for data collection for clinical trials. Results presented at the meeting demonstrate that E/Tablets are just as reliable as paper forms for collecting the type of data needed in cancer clinical trials, Abernethy said. The system also saved data entry costs.


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Contact: Lauren Shaftel
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2-Jun-2007


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