Activating technology for connected health in cancer: Protocol for a research and training program

Nicola Mountford, Enrique Dorronzoro Zubiete, Threase Kessie, Begonya Garcia-Zapirain, Roberto Nuño-Solinís, David Coyle, Kristin B. Munksgaard, Luis Fernandez, Octavio Rivera Romero, Matilde Mora Fernandez, Pedro Valero Jimenez, Ailish Daly, Ruth Whelan, Brian Caulfield

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Background: As cancer survival rates increase, the challenge of ensuring that cancer survivors reclaim their quality of life (QoL) becomes more important. This paper outlines the research element of a research and training program that is designed to do just that. Objective: Bridging sectors, disciplines, and geographies, it brings together eight PhD projects and students from across Europe to identify the underlying barriers, test different technology-enabled rehabilitative approaches, propose a model to optimize the patient pathways, and examine the business models that might underpin a sustainable approach to cancer survivor reintegration using technology. Methods: The program, funded under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 722012, includes deep disciplinary PhD projects, intersectoral and international secondments, interdisciplinary plenary training schools, and virtual subject-specific education modules. Results: The 8 students have now been recruited and are at the early stages of their projects. Conclusions: CATCH will provide a comprehensive training and research program by embracing all key elements-technical, social, and economic sciences-required to produce researchers and project outcomes that are capable of meeting existing and future needs in cancer rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere14
JournalJournal of Medical Internet Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018



  • Cancer
  • Cancer rehabilitation
  • Consumer health informatics
  • eHealth
  • mHealth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics

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Mountford, N., Zubiete, E. D., Kessie, T., Garcia-Zapirain, B., Nuño-Solinís, R., Coyle, D., Munksgaard, K. B., Fernandez, L., Romero, O. R., Fernandez, M. M., Jimenez, P. V., Daly, A., Whelan, R., & Caulfield, B. (2018). Activating technology for connected health in cancer: Protocol for a research and training program. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(1), [e14].