A Mobile System to Improve Quality of Life Via Energy Balance in Breast Cancer Survivors (BENECA mHealth): Prospective Test-Retest Quasiexperimental Feasibility Study
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AuthorLozano Lozano, Mario; Cantarero Villanueva, Irene; Martín Martín, Lydia María; Galiano Castillo, Noelia; Sanchez, Maria Jose; Fernández Lao, Carolina; Postigo Martin, Paula; Arroyo Morales, Manuel
JMIR Mhealth Uhealth
mHealthEnergy balanceMonitoringbreast cancersurvivorsQuality of life
Lozano-Lozano M, Cantarero-Villanueva I, Martin-Martin L, Galiano-Castillo N, Sanchez MJ, Fernández-Lao C, Postigo-Martin P, Arroyo-Morales M A Mobile System to Improve Quality of Life Via Energy Balance in Breast Cancer Survivors (BENECA mHealth): Prospective Test-Retest Quasiexperimental Feasibility Study JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 2019;7(6):e14136
SponsorshipSpanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Plan Estatal de I+D+I 2013-2016); Fondo de Investigación Sanitaria del Instituto de Salud Carlos III (PI14/01627); Fondos Estructurales de la Unión Europea (FEDER); Spanish Ministry of Education (FPU14/01069 and FPU17/00939); Additional funding from the University of Granada, Plan Propio de Investigación 2016, Excellence Actions: Units of Excellence; Unit of Excellence on Exercise and Health (UCEES)
Energy balance is defined as the difference between energy expenditure and energy intake. The current state of knowledge supports the need to better integrate mechanistic approaches through effective studies of energy balance in the cancer population because of an observed significant lack of adherence to healthy lifestyle recommendations. To stimulate changes in breast cancer survivors’ lifestyles based on energy balance, our group developed the BENECA (Energy Balance on Cancer) mHealth app. BENECA has been previously validated as a reliable energy balance monitoring system. Based on our previous results, the goal of this study was to investigate the feasibility of BENECA mHealth in an ecological clinical setting with breast cancer survivors, by studying (1) its feasibility and (2) pretest-posttest differences with regard to breast cancer survivor lifestyles, quality of life (QoL), and physical activity (PA) motivation. BENECA mHealth can be considered feasible in a real clinical context to promote behavioral changes in the lifestyles of breast cancer survivors, but it needs to be enhanced to improve user satisfaction with use and functionality. This study highlights the importance of the use of mobile apps based on energy balance and how the QoL of breast cancer survivors can be improved via monitoring.