Mobile App Intervention on Reducing the Myeloproliferative Neoplasm Symptom Burden: Pilot Feasibility and Acceptability Study

Hninyee Win, Samantha Russell, Betsy C. Wertheim, Victoria Maizes, Robert Crocker, Audrey J. Brooks, Ruben Mesa, Jennifer Huberty, Holly Geyer, Ryan Eckert, Ashley Larsen, Krisstina Gowin

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Background: Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) are a group of myeloid malignancies associated with significant symptom burden. Despite pharmacological advances in therapies, inadequate management of MPN symptoms results in reduced quality of life. Objective: This study aims to determine the feasibility of a 12-week global wellness mobile app intervention in decreasing MPN symptom burden. The University of Arizona Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine's global wellness mobile app, My Wellness Coach (MWC), guides patients to improve their health and well-being through facilitating behavior changes. Methods: Of the 30 patients enrolled in a 12-week intervention, 16 (53%) were retained through the final assessment. Feasibility was assessed by the ease of recruitment, participant adherence, and mobile app acceptability. App acceptability was measured using the user version of the Mobile Application Rating Scale. MPN symptom burden was measured at baseline and 12 weeks after the intervention. Results: Recruitment was efficient, with the participant goal reached within a 60-day period, suggestive of a demand for such an intervention. Adherence was less than the target within study design (75%), although similar to mobile device app use in other studies (53%). The app was deemed acceptable based on the mean user version of the Mobile Application Rating Scale 3-star rating by participants. Finally, there were statistically significant improvements in several MPN symptoms, quality of life, and total score on the Myeloproliferative Neoplasm Symptom Assessment Form surveys. Conclusions: Our 12-week intervention with the MWC app was feasible and was associated with a decrease in MPN symptom burden.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere33581
JournalJMIR Formative Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2022


  • mobile application
  • mobile phone
  • myeloproliferative neoplasm
  • self-management
  • symptom burden
  • wellness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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