Development of an Instrument Measuring the Internet Cancer Support Groups Usage

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/153987
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Presentation
Title:
Development of an Instrument Measuring the Internet Cancer Support Groups Usage
Abstract:
Development of an Instrument Measuring the Internet Cancer Support Groups Usage
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2010
Author:Ko, Young, PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:The University of Texas at Austin
Title:Post doctoral researcher
Co-Authors:Eun-Ok Im, RN, MPH, PhD, CNS, FAAN; Bokim Lee, PhD, MPH, RN; Wonshik Chee, PhD
21st INRC [Research Presentation] Purpose: Despite an increasing number of Internet cancer support groups (ICSGs), there is still little information available on cancer patients' usage of ICSGs, which may be partially due to a lack of instruments measuring cancer patients' usage of ICSGs. Indeed, most studies on cancer patients' usage of ICSGs are qualitative in nature, and virtually no instrument measuring cancer patients' usage of ICSGs exists. The purpose of the study was to test psychometric properties of a newly developed instrument measuring the usage of ICSGs. Methods: This was a psychometric test among 117 people living with cancer recruited through the Internet using a convenience sampling method. The instruments included a new instrument, the Questions on the Use of Internet Cancer Support Groups (QUICSG), questions on sociodemographic characteristics, self-reported ethnic identity and disease status, the Support Care Needs Survey-34 Short Form (SCNS-34SF), the HINTS subscale, and the QUICSG. The data were collected only through the Internet. The data were analyzed using internal consistency reliability testing, split-half reliability testing, item analysis, criterion validity, convergent validity and face validity. Results: The K-R 20 (0.69) and Spearman-Brown split-half reliability coefficient (0.77) of the QUICSG indicated that the QUICSG was a reliable instrument. The QUICSG scores of those who actually used the ICSGs were higher than those who did not, which was statistically significantly different (t-value=-15.66, p<.00). Correlation coefficients between the QUICSG scores and the HINTS subscale scores and the SCNS-SF34 score were respectively 0.50 (p<.00) and 0.27 (P=.02), indicating moderate correlations between the measurements. Conclusion: The QUICSG needs to be further tested and refined in studies among diverse groups by age, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status. Also, the theoretical construct of the instrument needs to be further refined.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.titleDevelopment of an Instrument Measuring the Internet Cancer Support Groups Usageen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/153987-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Development of an Instrument Measuring the Internet Cancer Support Groups Usage</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">2010</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Ko, Young, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">The University of Texas at Austin</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Post doctoral researcher</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">yko@mail.nur.utexas.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Eun-Ok Im, RN, MPH, PhD, CNS, FAAN; Bokim Lee, PhD, MPH, RN; Wonshik Chee, PhD</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">21st INRC [Research Presentation] Purpose: Despite an increasing number of Internet cancer support groups (ICSGs), there is still little information available on cancer patients' usage of ICSGs, which may be partially due to a lack of instruments measuring cancer patients' usage of ICSGs. Indeed, most studies on cancer patients' usage of ICSGs are qualitative in nature, and virtually no instrument measuring cancer patients' usage of ICSGs exists. The purpose of the study was to test psychometric properties of a newly developed instrument measuring the usage of ICSGs. Methods: This was a psychometric test among 117 people living with cancer recruited through the Internet using a convenience sampling method. The instruments included a new instrument, the Questions on the Use of Internet Cancer Support Groups (QUICSG), questions on sociodemographic characteristics, self-reported ethnic identity and disease status, the Support Care Needs Survey-34 Short Form (SCNS-34SF), the HINTS subscale, and the QUICSG. The data were collected only through the Internet. The data were analyzed using internal consistency reliability testing, split-half reliability testing, item analysis, criterion validity, convergent validity and face validity. Results: The K-R 20 (0.69) and Spearman-Brown split-half reliability coefficient (0.77) of the QUICSG indicated that the QUICSG was a reliable instrument. The QUICSG scores of those who actually used the ICSGs were higher than those who did not, which was statistically significantly different (t-value=-15.66, p&lt;.00). Correlation coefficients between the QUICSG scores and the HINTS subscale scores and the SCNS-SF34 score were respectively 0.50 (p&lt;.00) and 0.27 (P=.02), indicating moderate correlations between the measurements. Conclusion: The QUICSG needs to be further tested and refined in studies among diverse groups by age, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status. Also, the theoretical construct of the instrument needs to be further refined.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T12:39:37Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T12:39:37Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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