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Design and process evaluation of an informative website tailored to breast cancer survivors' and intimate partners' post-treatment care needs

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BACKGROUND: On-line provision of information during the transition phase after treatment carries great promise in meeting shortcomings in post-treatment care for breast cancer survivors and their partners. The objectives of this study are to describe the development and process evaluation of a tailored informative website and to assess which characteristics of survivors and partners, participating in the feasibility study, are related to visiting the website. METHODS: The development process included quantitative and qualitative assessments of survivors' and partners' care needs and preferences. Participants' use and evaluation of the website were explored by conducting baseline and post-measurements. During the intervening 10--12 weeks 57 survivors and 28 partners were granted access to the website. RESULTS:Fifty-seven percent (n=21) of survivors who took part in the post-measurement indicated that they had visited the website. Compared to non-visitors (n=16), they were more likely to have a partner and a higher income, reported higher levels of self-esteem and had completed treatment for a longer period of time. Partners who consulted the on-line information (42%, n=8) were younger and reported lower levels of social support compared to partners who did not visit the website (n=11). Visitors generally evaluated the content and lay-out positively, yet some believed the information was incomplete and impersonal. CONCLUSIONS: The website reached only about half of survivors and partners, yet was mostly well-received. Besides other ways of providing information and support, a website containing clear-cut and tailored information could be a useful tool in post-treatment care provision.
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Internet, Process evaluation, Design study, Partner, Breast cancer, Survivorship

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Pauwels, Evelyn, Elke Van Hoof, Caroline Charlier, et al. “Design and Process Evaluation of an Informative Website Tailored to Breast Cancer Survivors’ and Intimate Partners' Post-treatment Care Needs.” BMC RESEARCH NOTES 5 (2012): n. pag. Print.
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Pauwels, Evelyn, Van Hoof, E., Charlier, C., Lechner, L., & De Bourdeaudhuij, I. (2012). Design and process evaluation of an informative website tailored to breast cancer survivors’ and intimate partners' post-treatment care needs. BMC RESEARCH NOTES, 5.
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Pauwels, Evelyn, Elke Van Hoof, Caroline Charlier, Lilian Lechner, and Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij. 2012. “Design and Process Evaluation of an Informative Website Tailored to Breast Cancer Survivors’ and Intimate Partners' Post-treatment Care Needs.” Bmc Research Notes 5.
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Pauwels, Evelyn, Elke Van Hoof, Caroline Charlier, Lilian Lechner, and Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij. 2012. “Design and Process Evaluation of an Informative Website Tailored to Breast Cancer Survivors’ and Intimate Partners' Post-treatment Care Needs.” Bmc Research Notes 5.
Vancouver
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Pauwels E, Van Hoof E, Charlier C, Lechner L, De Bourdeaudhuij I. Design and process evaluation of an informative website tailored to breast cancer survivors’ and intimate partners' post-treatment care needs. BMC RESEARCH NOTES. 2012;5.
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E. Pauwels, E. Van Hoof, C. Charlier, L. Lechner, and I. De Bourdeaudhuij, “Design and process evaluation of an informative website tailored to breast cancer survivors’ and intimate partners’ post-treatment care needs,” BMC RESEARCH NOTES, vol. 5, 2012.
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METHODS: The development process included quantitative and qualitative assessments of survivors' and partners' care needs and preferences. Participants' use and evaluation of the website were explored by conducting baseline and post-measurements. During the intervening 10--12 weeks 57 survivors and 28 partners were granted access to the website.
RESULTS:Fifty-seven percent (n=21) of survivors who took part in the post-measurement indicated that they had visited the website. Compared to non-visitors (n=16), they were more likely to have a partner and a higher income, reported higher levels of self-esteem and had completed treatment for a longer period of time. Partners who consulted the on-line information (42%, n=8) were younger and reported lower levels of social support compared to partners who did not visit the website (n=11). Visitors generally evaluated the content and lay-out positively, yet some believed the information was incomplete and impersonal.
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