Acceptability of touch screen computer psychosocial survey to Japanese radiation therapy patients (#645)
The aim of this study is to examine the acceptability of a touchscreen tablet cancer care survey amongst Japanese radiotherapy patients' views. We will assess the proportion of patients completing the touchscreen survey unassisted, as well as patient self-reported acceptability. Eligible patients attending a university hospital radiation therapy department in Japan are being invited to complete a touchscreen tablet survey about psychosocial communication and care. The planned accrual target is 200. Of the 40 respondents recruited during April 2012, the median age was 69.5 (Q1, Q3: 56.5, 74.5). The touchscreen survey was completed without assistance by 40% (95% CI: 25-57%) of respondents, while 60% (95% CI: 43-75%) required some or full assistance with survey completion from the research assistant or an accompanying person. Preliminary findings suggest that 69% (95% CI: 52%, 83%) of respondents would be willing to complete such a survey more than once while waiting for their radiotherapy treatment. Of the respondents, 92% (95% CI: 79%, 98%) agreed of strongly agreed that they comfortable answering the questions and had enough privacy; 87% (95% CI: 73%, 96%) felt that the electronic touchscreen survey was easy to use and that the instructions were easy to follow; and 77% (95% CI: 61%, 89%) felt that the questions were easy to understand. This work indicated that this style of patient survey is somewhat feasible in a Japanese radiation oncology setting. However, although over two thirds of patients indicated that they would be willing to complete the survey on multiple occasions; under half of the respondents completed the touchscreen tablet survey unassisted. This suggests that touchscreen technology may not be entirely appropriate for this patient group. Socio-demographic characteristics of patients completing the touchscreen survey unassisted will be reported.