Using a mobile app for experienced based sampling in cancer survivors: methodological lessons learned

Nikolett Warner, AnnMarie Groarke, Jenny Groarke

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Music is frequently employed to induce positive and negative affective experiences, and affect regulation (AR) is a known function of music listening (ML) in everyday life. The influence of music on AR in cancer survivors is still unclear. This study utilised Experience Sampling Methods (ESM) to assess ML and AR in cancer survivors.

METHODS: Mobile ESM (MuPsych application) measured positive and negative affect, alongside momentary assessments of affective experience (Emotion Regulation Questionnaire/Music Use Questionnaire Index of ML) during episodes of ML and everyday life for 3 weeks. These were presented at two time-points (initial question and repeated 5 minutes later). The Mobile Application Rating Scale (MARS) was utilised to assess application acceptability and usability.

WHAT WENT WRONG: Complications presented in the sampling methodology. The app was only compatible on Android software, meaning iOS users were automatically excluded. Additionally, MuPsych was only available to newer versions of Androids.

A lack of usable data may translate as feedback on participant’s irritation (e.g.: MARS answer: “it took over my phone”). This can be accredited to the time commitment and the perceived invasiveness of ESM. This presented a unique participant experience –required repeatedly and randomly throughout the day.

POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS: A shorter timeframe, with fewer questions may prove more successful in promoting participant engagement.

CONCLUSIONS: ESM are a valuable research design, however often present challenges. Similarly, utilising ESM in a cancer population is not without issues. Further research is needed to find a ‘happy-medium’, whereby sufficient data is collected, with minimal participant burden.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019
Event33rd Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: 03 Sep 201907 Sep 2019

Conference

Conference33rd Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society
CountryCroatia
CityDubrovnik
Period03/09/201907/09/2019

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