Social Convoy Palliative Care (Convoy-Pal) Mobile Health for Older Adults with Advanced Heart Failure
As older adults with advanced illness increasingly rely on the support of others to help manage their health, there is a critical need to foster approaches for effective integration of the family and other caregivers in mobile health. Funded through National Institutes for Aging (NIA) K76 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging, Dr. Jennifer Dickman Portz, PhD, MSW, seeks to develop, refine, and test the Social Convoy Palliative Care (Convoy-Pal) mobile application. Convoy-Pal is a novel intervention integrating the family and other caregivers in digitally-supported palliative care to promote symptom management and quality of life among older adults with advanced heart failure.