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eRAPID Preliminary Findings Presented at PROMS 2018

23 July 2018

Kerry Avery and Hollie Richards recently presented preliminary findings from the eRAPID Surgery study at the Patient Reported Outcome Measures Conference held at University of Birmingham. The electronic patient-reporting of adverse events (eRAPID) project is a NIHR funded study based in Leeds to develop an online symptom reporting questionnaire for patients undergoing treatment for cancer. In Bristol we have developed the system, integrated into hospital electronic records, for patients to report their symptoms during recovery from major abdominal cancer surgery. eRAPID can generate symptom self-management advice for typical symptoms, or can advise patients to contact a clinician if the symptoms they report are concerning. If the symptoms reported are indicative of complications or adverse events, eRAPID can sent an email alert direct to a clinician.

We reported interim findings in two oral presentations at PROMS. Participants completed the eRAPID questionnaire on average 7 times over the 8 week duration of the study, and the most common symptoms generating self-management advice were fatigue, pain, physical function and constipation. Participants found the advice relevant and reassuring, and especially found it helped them feel reassured that the symptoms they were experiencing were typical for their stage of recovery.

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