MANHASSET, N.Y. – A team of researchers at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has developed a mobile app designed to guide patients living with prostate cancer through the treatment decision process. “This tool has the potential to successfully guide patients through their cancer treatment,” said Michael Diefenbach, Ph.D., scientist and Northwell Health director of Behavioral Research in the Department of Medicine and Urology, in a statement. The app uses prompts to lead the patient through the initial decision process to pursue treatment or ongoing observations by a health care professional. If they decide treatment, the app then provides additional questions with statements related to treatment requirements and outcomes. Based on the patient’s answers, the software’s algorithm matches their preferences to a treatment option. Patients can then discuss the treatment approach with their physician and have the option to email the results to the provider. The research team will initiate a randomized controlled trial to further study the app and determine the extent of its usability and helpfulness in a clinical setting.
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