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Emoji scale aids in symptom, quality of life reporting for cancer patients

Mayo Clinic oncologist Carrie Thompson and her team of researchers developed and are studying a patient-reported outcomes scale using emojis for cancer patients, according to a presentation at the 2018 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The trial involves 300 participants randomly assigned to answer surveys regarding their physical, emotional and overall quality of life for three months using paper questionnaires and electronic devices, with results so far showing responses to emoji scales adhere well to those of traditional PRO assessments.

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