8. Development and proof-of-concept study of a mhealth supported self-compassion intervention for newly diagnosed cancer patients: a participatory design

Website of this project with newsletters: https://www.utwente.nl/nl/bms/zelfcompassiebijkanker/


Cocreation, self-compassion, mHealth, cancer


The purpose of this project is to develop and evaluate a low threshold mHealth supported self-compassion intervention to help newly diagnosed cancer patients to improve their self-compassion skills and to help them cope with the emotional challenges of their disease and treatment. The intervention will be integrated in regular oncology-care, and developed in close cooperation with patients and care professionals. To this aim, 7 co-creative, iterative participatory design workshops are conducted. The second purpose is to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, technical challenges and psychosocial outcomes of the mHealth intervention in a proof-of-concept study.


KWF/ Dutch Cancer Society, UT-Design Lab, Medical Spectrum Twente (MST), University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG), the Centre of Shared decision Making and Collaborative Care Research of the Oslo University Hospital.



Contact person(s) in the SMHA lab:

Stans Drossaert, Judith Austin