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EnergyPoints: A Mobile App Guiding Use of Acupressure for Cancer-related Fatigue and Sleep Disturbances

EnergyPoints: A Mobile App Guiding Use of Acupressure for Cancer-related Fatigue and Sleep Disturbances

Quality of Life
Anyone diagnosed with cancer experiencing fatigue

Study Contact Information:

Principal Investigator Dr. Susan Beck at 801-971-5338. 
Dr. Beck can be reached at this number from 7AM to 10PM ET daily.
or email Susie@5PointApp.com.


EnergyPoints: A Mobile App Guiding Use of Acupressure for Cancer-related Fatigue and Sleep Disturbances

About the Study

This study is looking at the use of acupressure to manage cancer-related fatigue and sleep disturbances. EnergyPoints is an app that teaches users how to self-administer acupressure, to manage fatigue and sleep disturbances related to cancer. The purpose of this research study is to learn from participants’ experiences using EnergyPoints, while they wear a fitness tracker to measure activity and sleep.

What the Study Entails


This is an observational study that  will last for 10 days and includes 3 steps:

  1. an in-person session (2 hours) in our offices in Manhattan, where participants are recorded downloading and trying the app.
  2. using the app at home to report symptoms and self-administer acupressure twice each day for one week while wearing a fitness tracker (provided as needed);
  3. a follow-up survey (15 minutes) and interview (30-45 minutes) by phone or Zoom to learn from participants’ experiences.

Participants must have cancer or have been treated for cancer, and must be age 18 or older.

In order to see if you are eligible, complete the screening survey at energypointsapp.com.

Compensation

Participants will be provided $150.00 per visit as compensation for their time. If both study visits are completed, the maximum total they may receive is $300.00. This money is meant to help pay for things like travel costs, childcare costs, missed hours from work, that participants may have because you are taking part in this study. Participants will only be paid for each completed visit. If participants discontinue early from the study, they will receive a pro-rated (partial) reimbursement amount based on how many study visits the participant completed. If a fitness tracker is provided, the participant may keep it after completing the study.

Study Locations

New York

5 Point App, Inc.
37 W. 20th St. NY NY 10011
Ryan Smith
917-327-0827 

Lead Researchers/Study PIs and Affiliation

 

Susan L. Beck RN PhD FAAN
Principal Investigator Chief Scientific and Privacy Officer, 5 Point App, Inc.
Professor Emerita, University of Utah College of Nursing

Janet Mindes PhD, Co-Investigator 
Research Scientist, 5 Point App, Inc

Ryan Smith MS, L,Ac.
Co-Investigator, CEO, 5 Point App, Inc. and Director 5 Point Acupuncture

This Study is Open To:

People with the following may be eligible:

  1. diagnosis of cancer or treated for cancer
  2. at least a moderate level of fatigue (4 or greater on a 0 to 10 scale) on average in the past week
  3. able to read and speak in English
  4. age 18 or older
  5. self-report of being physically well enough (adequate hearing, vision, and ability to use hands) to use an app on a personal phone and apply pressure with his/her fingers or a pencil eraser to 10 specific points on the body for 3 minutes each
  6. self-report of being mentally well enough (able to concentrate, follow instructions, and adequate memory) to use the app and follow the acupressure instructions daily for a week
  7. self-report of being able to participate in an interview
  8. patients must have a smartphone (iPhone 6 or later or Android 11 or later) and be willing to wear a compatible fitness tracker (i.e., iPhone-preference of Apple Watch or Fitbit; Android-Fitbit).
  9. patients must be residents of New York City, Long Island, Westchester County, NY or Northern New Jersey and willing to travel to Manhattan for one day.
This Study is Not Open To:

People with the following are not eligible:

  1. recent history of easy bruising or bleeding
  2. receiving anticoagulants
  3. previous acupressure use.