Untire is Designed to Help all Cancer Patients and Survivors
The Untire app can reach those in need in an accessible way. Developed by psychologists, researchers and patients, the Untire self-management program aims to reduce fatigue and increase quality of life by mentally and physically engaging users, thus breaking the vicious circle of fatigue.
“Untire is based on a combination of proven psychological methods including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) with Physical and Psychological Rehabilitation. The program consists of ongoing energy measurement combined with education, stress-reducing mindfulness activities, and physical exercises with video and audio guides. This helps identify the behaviours, thoughts, and symptoms that affect energy levels, explains Door Vonk, co-founder of Untire. “As we see from the research, having an easy-to-use program yields improved outcomes.”
The Untire program is suitable for all cancer patients regardless of gender, age, type of cancer, treatment phase and prognosis. More and more doctors, nurses and cancer patient associations are recommending Untire. The app is available in Dutch, English and German and is currently used by over 27,000 people.
The Impact of the Untire App
Fatigue severity, fatigue interference, and overall quality of life significantly improved in cancer patients and survivors over 12 weeks. The quantity of reduction in fatigue severity and interference was significantly larger in patients who used the Untire app for three days or more compared to non-users. Further analysis shows that individuals who use the app regularly make the most progress.
Researcher Simon Spahrkäs, PhD states, “Using the app three to nine times already leads to good results. The study shows that in addition to existing face-to-face therapy or therapist-led online interventions, an accessible mHealth solution such as Untire can also be an effective treatment solution.”
The article is published by Psycho Oncology.