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Meaningful Use of an Electronic Personal Health Record (ePHR) among Pediatric Cancer SurvivorsFunding This work was supported by grants from AHRQ (R18 HS017831) and CURE Childhood Cancer.
04 November 2016
Accepted: 08 January 2017
20 December 2017 (online)
Background and Objectivs: Survivors of pediatric and adolescent cancer are at an increased risk of chronic and debilitating health conditions and require life-long specialized care. Stand-alone electronic personal health records (ePHRs) may aid their self-management. This analysis characterizes young adult survivors and parents who meaningfully use an ePHR, Cancer SurvivorLinkTM, designed for survivors of pediatric and adolescent cancer.
Methods: This was a retrospective observational study of patients seen at a pediatric survivor clinic for annual survivor care. Young adult survivors and/or parent proxies for survivors <18 years old who completed ePHR registration prior to their appointment or within 90 days were classified as registrants. Registrants who uploaded or downloaded a document and/or shared their record were classified as meaningful users.
Results: Overall, 23.7% (148/624) of survivors/parents registered and 38% of registrants used SurvivorLink meaningfully. Young adult registrants who transferred to adult care during the study period were more likely to be meaningful users (aOR: 2.6 (95% CI: 1.1, 6.1)) and used the ePHR twice as frequently as those who continued to receive care in our institution’s pediatric survivor clinic. Among survivors who continued to receive care at our institution, being a registrant was associated with having an annual follow-up visit (aOR: 2.6 (95% CI: 1.2, 5.8)).
Conclusions: While ePHRs may not be utilized by all survivors, SurvivorLink is a resource for a subset and may serve as an important bridge for patients who transfer their care. Using SurvivorLink was also associated with receiving recommended annual survivor care.
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