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Thank you for your interest in clinical research. Dr. Katie Schmitz and her expert team have launched a new study called Nurse AMIE, also known as Addressing Malignancies in Individuals Everyday, for rural patients with cancer.
Nurse AMIE is a tablet-based supportive care platform that aims to improve symptoms, quality of life, function and overall survival of adults with stage three or stage four cancer.
Compensation is provided and no travel is required.
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What is Nurse AMIE?
Cancer patients often live with symptoms left unmanaged, resulting in more doctor visits. Dr. Katie Schmitz and her team created a software program called Nurse AMIE that can be downloaded to a tablet for cancer patients to interact with and use.
The study team will provide a tablet. You do not need to own a tablet to participate in Nurse AMIE.
Cancer patients put information in the program, such as fatigue, sleep, pain, and distress, and Nurse AMIE provides recommendations to help with their symptoms. These recommendations could include exercise videos, soothing music, guided relaxation and symptom management videos. There are also daily step goals and nutrition tips.
The Nurse AMIE program has been evaluated in other research studies, and your participation in this study can help researchers learn even more about how the program can improve cancer patients’ quality of life.
Who can join?
To join the Nurse AMIE study, you must meet the following criteria:
- Male or female patient currently receiving treatment for ANY stage three or stage four cancer
- Ages 18 and older
- Fluent in written and spoken English
- Have sufficient vision and hearing to use a tablet and interact with study staff
No travel is required. This study can be done from your home.
You must also live in a rural area.
To find out whether your address is considered rural, please visit this website. There, you will enter your home address, run the report and see if your RUCC or RUCA code is 4 or higher.
When in doubt, give us a call at 717-531-0003, x323324, or email ONEGroup@phs.psu.edu.
Additional criteria may apply. The study team can explain these criteria in more detail with you.
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What will I do?
If you are eligible to join Nurse AMIE, you will be assigned to one of two groups.
One group will receive the Nurse AMIE tablet. The other group will not receive the tablet and will continue with their usual care.
You cannot select which group you will join. It is random, much like the flip of a coin.
Both groups will be asked to stay in the study for two years, and both groups will receive compensation for completing the study.
The study team can explain additional details to you.