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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/157419
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Women to Women 2: A Computer-based Support and Educational Intervention
Abstract:
Women to Women 2: A Computer-based Support and Educational Intervention
Conference Sponsor:Western Institute of Nursing
Conference Year:2003
Author:Anderson, Kerri
P.I. Institution Name:Montana State University-Bozeman, College of Nursing
Title:Project Coordinator
Contact Address:419 North 19th Avenue, Bozeman, MT, 59717-3560, USA
Contact Telephone:406.994.6036
Co-Authors:Weinert, Clarann
Purpose: The Women to Women 2 Project (WTW2) is designed to use telecommunication technology to provide social support and health education to individuals managing a long-term illness. The initial implementation is presented in this poster session. Project Background: Social support has been demonstrated to have a positive influence on the experience of dealing with illness. However, in rural areas, distance, travel time, and small population base often prohibit establishing and maintaining support among those managing chronic illness. Thus, creative approaches are needed that facilitate adaptation to and management of long-term illness for rural dwellers. The overall goal of WTW2 is to use telecommunication technology to provide social support and health education to middle-aged rural women living with chronic illness, and to evaluate the impact of participation in computer-based support groups on the women's psychosocial health and ability to adapt to chronic illness. Specific aims are to: demonstrate the differences between two levels of telecommunication intervention on the acquisition of Web-based skills, health related knowledge, and psychosocial outcomes (e.g., social support, self-efficacy, stress) among three randomly selected study groups; and evaluate the computer exchanges for themes related to the factors that impact on illness management in the rural setting. Method: The project is being conducted with 3 cohorts of women using a 3 group design. Each cohort participates for 12 months and consists of 60 participants with 20 women in each of the 3 groups. The mediated computer intervention group has both a support and educational component. Two asynchronous chatrooms are provided: "Koffee Klatch, a self-help social support group and "Health Roundtable," a facilitated discussion group based on online health teaching units. The independent computer intervention group participates in the health teaching units only. The non-intervention group just completes four questionnaires. Participants spend 5 months in the computer phase and complete remaining questionnaires in the last seven months. Repeated psychosocial outcome measures are used in mail questionnaires at baseline, 3, 6, and 12 months as well as a Computer Intervention Survey at the end of the computer phase. Qualitative data from the women's exchanges in the asynchronous discussion groups are analyzed for themes related to managing chronic illness. End user data are collected to track use patterns and as a dose variable in the analysis schema. Results: Preliminary data indicate that the women are gaining new skills related to using the Internet to find and evaluate health related information, advocating for their own health, managing stress, and coping with chronic illness. Graphs of end user data are presented. Significance: It is anticipated that the women's participation in this intervention will strengthen their social support and reduce their sense of isolation. It is expected that the women's ability to evaluate and utilize internet health information will be enhanced and position them to better manage living with long-term illness in a rural setting.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleWomen to Women 2: A Computer-based Support and Educational Interventionen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/157419-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Women to Women 2: A Computer-based Support and Educational Intervention </td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Western Institute of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2003</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Anderson, Kerri</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Montana State University-Bozeman, College of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Project Coordinator</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">419 North 19th Avenue, Bozeman, MT, 59717-3560, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">406.994.6036</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">kljohnson@montana.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Weinert, Clarann </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Purpose: The Women to Women 2 Project (WTW2) is designed to use telecommunication technology to provide social support and health education to individuals managing a long-term illness. The initial implementation is presented in this poster session. Project Background: Social support has been demonstrated to have a positive influence on the experience of dealing with illness. However, in rural areas, distance, travel time, and small population base often prohibit establishing and maintaining support among those managing chronic illness. Thus, creative approaches are needed that facilitate adaptation to and management of long-term illness for rural dwellers. The overall goal of WTW2 is to use telecommunication technology to provide social support and health education to middle-aged rural women living with chronic illness, and to evaluate the impact of participation in computer-based support groups on the women's psychosocial health and ability to adapt to chronic illness. Specific aims are to: demonstrate the differences between two levels of telecommunication intervention on the acquisition of Web-based skills, health related knowledge, and psychosocial outcomes (e.g., social support, self-efficacy, stress) among three randomly selected study groups; and evaluate the computer exchanges for themes related to the factors that impact on illness management in the rural setting. Method: The project is being conducted with 3 cohorts of women using a 3 group design. Each cohort participates for 12 months and consists of 60 participants with 20 women in each of the 3 groups. The mediated computer intervention group has both a support and educational component. Two asynchronous chatrooms are provided: &quot;Koffee Klatch, a self-help social support group and &quot;Health Roundtable,&quot; a facilitated discussion group based on online health teaching units. The independent computer intervention group participates in the health teaching units only. The non-intervention group just completes four questionnaires. Participants spend 5 months in the computer phase and complete remaining questionnaires in the last seven months. Repeated psychosocial outcome measures are used in mail questionnaires at baseline, 3, 6, and 12 months as well as a Computer Intervention Survey at the end of the computer phase. Qualitative data from the women's exchanges in the asynchronous discussion groups are analyzed for themes related to managing chronic illness. End user data are collected to track use patterns and as a dose variable in the analysis schema. Results: Preliminary data indicate that the women are gaining new skills related to using the Internet to find and evaluate health related information, advocating for their own health, managing stress, and coping with chronic illness. Graphs of end user data are presented. Significance: It is anticipated that the women's participation in this intervention will strengthen their social support and reduce their sense of isolation. It is expected that the women's ability to evaluate and utilize internet health information will be enhanced and position them to better manage living with long-term illness in a rural setting. </td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T19:51:20Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T19:51:20Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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