Feasibility and acceptability of a pilot tailored text messaging intervention for adolescents and young adults completing cancer treatment

Lisa A. Schwartz*, Lauren C. Daniel, Dare Henry-Moss, Christopher P. Bonafide, Yimei Li, Alexandra M. Psihogios, Eliana S. Butler, Dava Szalda, Elizabeth S. Ver Hoeve, Wendy L. Hobbie, Nadia L. Dowshen, Lisa Pierce, Leslie S. Kersun, Lamia P. Barakat

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose: Despite cure, adolescents and young adults (AYA) who complete cancer treatment remain at risk for numerous physical and psychological late effects. However, engagement in recommended follow-up care, knowledge of cancer treatment history and risks, and adoption of health promoting behaviors are often suboptimal. The pilot randomized controlled trial assessed the feasibility and acceptability of a text messaging intervention (THRIVE; Texting Health Resources to Inform, motiVate, and Engage) designed to promote well-being, and health knowledge and behaviors. Methods: Sixty-one AYA who recently completed cancer therapy enrolled and were randomized to receive THRIVE (n = 31) or an AYA survivor handbook (n = 30). Participants from both groups completed baseline measures and follow-up surveys 16 weeks later. AYA randomized to THRIVE received one to two health-related text messages per day over 16 weeks. Results: THRIVE demonstrated a high level of acceptability and feasibility. Exploratory analyses highlighted promising improvements in knowledge, fruit/vegetable intake, and perceptions of health vulnerability. Conclusions: Text messaging is an acceptable and feasible intervention approach for improving well-being and health of AYA survivors. Future research is needed to test the impact of text messaging in a larger trial, including whether or not such an intervention can improve clinical outcomes, such as survivors' engagement in follow-up care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-172
Number of pages9
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • adolescents
  • cancer
  • health promotion
  • intervention
  • mobile health
  • oncology
  • young adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Oncology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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