Using a Support Group Webcasting Service: Experiences of Patients and Caregivers With Implantable Defibrillators

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/150007
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Presentation
Title:
Using a Support Group Webcasting Service: Experiences of Patients and Caregivers With Implantable Defibrillators
Abstract:
Using a Support Group Webcasting Service: Experiences of Patients and Caregivers With Implantable Defibrillators
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2005
Author:Finch, Nancy, RN, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:Medical University of South Carolina
Title:Clinical Assistant Professor
Co-Authors:Lawrence B. Afrin, MD
The Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) has become the dominant therapeutic modality for patients with life threatening ventricular dysrhythmias. Whereas most ICD recipients adjust well to living with the device, a substantial minority experience fear and anxiety that appear to be related to the ICD. Therefore support of recipients of ICDs is an ongoing concern for nurses. Support groups have been used by individuals with chronic illness to cope with emotional stress. The in-person, moderated group meeting remains the ?gold standard? but can be medically and/or logistically challenging for participants to attend. Addressing confidentiality concerns, a prototype of a web-based method for remote participants to attend in-person support group meetings has been developed. Using available personal computing technology, authorized remote participants gain a real-time, audiovisual connection to the group meeting, and on-site participants can receive and discuss comments from remote participants submitted to, the group moderator. Purpose: A pilot study was conducted using an ICD support group for evaluation. The group met monthly and had 5-10 participants in attendance. Remote participants were solicited via email and Internet bulletin boards used by ICD patients for peer support. The sample included (n=29) ICD recipients and (n=13) caregivers who attended in-person sessions. There were 4-8 remote participants signed on for each session. Data were collected for eight months. Methods: A 5-item Likert style questionnaire was developed to measure group satisfaction with this innovative interaction. Subjects were asked to place a mark on the scale that best represented their satisfaction with the session. The response codes were from 1=very negative to 5=very positive. Results: The responses were analyzed from both ICD recipients and caregivers attending the in-person group collectively (n=42). The experience of participating in a webcasted support group was found to be highly favorable as evidenced by the median satisfaction scores of >4.5.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleUsing a Support Group Webcasting Service: Experiences of Patients and Caregivers With Implantable Defibrillatorsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/150007-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Using a Support Group Webcasting Service: Experiences of Patients and Caregivers With Implantable Defibrillators</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2005</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Finch, Nancy, RN, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Medical University of South Carolina</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Clinical Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">finchn@musc.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Lawrence B. Afrin, MD</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">The Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) has become the dominant therapeutic modality for patients with life threatening ventricular dysrhythmias. Whereas most ICD recipients adjust well to living with the device, a substantial minority experience fear and anxiety that appear to be related to the ICD. Therefore support of recipients of ICDs is an ongoing concern for nurses. Support groups have been used by individuals with chronic illness to cope with emotional stress. The in-person, moderated group meeting remains the ?gold standard? but can be medically and/or logistically challenging for participants to attend. Addressing confidentiality concerns, a prototype of a web-based method for remote participants to attend in-person support group meetings has been developed. Using available personal computing technology, authorized remote participants gain a real-time, audiovisual connection to the group meeting, and on-site participants can receive and discuss comments from remote participants submitted to, the group moderator. Purpose: A pilot study was conducted using an ICD support group for evaluation. The group met monthly and had 5-10 participants in attendance. Remote participants were solicited via email and Internet bulletin boards used by ICD patients for peer support. The sample included (n=29) ICD recipients and (n=13) caregivers who attended in-person sessions. There were 4-8 remote participants signed on for each session. Data were collected for eight months. Methods: A 5-item Likert style questionnaire was developed to measure group satisfaction with this innovative interaction. Subjects were asked to place a mark on the scale that best represented their satisfaction with the session. The response codes were from 1=very negative to 5=very positive. Results: The responses were analyzed from both ICD recipients and caregivers attending the in-person group collectively (n=42). The experience of participating in a webcasted support group was found to be highly favorable as evidenced by the median satisfaction scores of &gt;4.5.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:14:24Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:14:24Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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