Looking for Volunteers to Participate in a Study

Hey Everyone! Sharyn, a nurse in Texas, is looking for volunteers for a study. I will paste her information below. 


Your voice is needed. Do you have cancer that is inoperable or metastatic and receiving cancer treatment? Looking for volunteers to participate in a research study to talk about how you self-report your symptoms.

In patients with cancer, routinely self-reporting symptoms improve detection of symptoms and management, improve quality of care, and enhance patient satisfaction (Basch, 2014). Most recently, Basch et al. (2017) showed a 5-month improvement in overall survival when patients reported their symptoms that were monitored while receiving routine cancer treatment. Many studies have been conducted over the past 10 years looking at patients with cancer to self-report their symptoms using different electronic methods (Carrasco & Symes, 2018). Of these 36 studies conducted, there were no studies that asked the patients with cancer about their perspective of reporting their symptoms. So, I am looking for volunteers to participate in this study to learn about how you report your symptoms. As a participant in this study, you would be asked to discuss your experience reporting your symptoms. This conversation will be with Sharyn Carrasco, the oncology nurse researcher, and can take place in person or via FaceTime/Skype. Your participation would involve 1 session, which will be approximately 60 minutes, including follow-up questions. If clarification is needed, one follow-up may occur to validate content, that may last up to 20 minutes.

If you are 18 years or older, have inoperable or metastatic cancer AND receiving cancer treatment, please contact me for more information or to sign up to participate in this study at 713-503-4261 (text or call) or email: scarrasco@twu.edu.

Only about five percent of adults enroll into clinical trials and my hope is that you will have time to participate. I could learn so much form you. Thank you for your time and consideration! 

All the very best,

Sharyn Carrasco, RN, MSN

Graduate student at Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing



Basch, E. (2014). The rationale for collecting patient-reported symptoms during routine chemotherapy. Retrieved from ASCO: http://meetinglibrary.asco.org/content/114000161-144

Basch, E. M., Deal, A. M., Dueck, A. C., Bennett, A. V., Atkinson, T. M., Scher, H. I., . . . Schrag, D. (2017). Overall survival results of a randomized trial assessing patient-reported outcomes for symptom monitoring during routine cancer treatment. JAMA, E1-E2. http//dx.doi.org/10.1001/jama.2017.7156

Carrasco, S., & Symes, L. (2018). Patient use of electronic methods to self-report symptoms: An integrative literature revieew. Oncology Nursing Forum, 45(3), 339-416. http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1188/18.ONF.399-416

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