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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/158383
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Field Test of a Web-based Educational Program for Early and Middle Adolescents
Abstract:
Field Test of a Web-based Educational Program for Early and Middle Adolescents
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2010
Author:O'Conner-Von, Susan, PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:University of Minnesota
Title:School of Nursing
Contact Address:308 Harvard St. S.E., Minneapolis, MN, 55455, USA
Contact Telephone:612-624-6647
Co-Authors:S. O'Conner-Von, School of Nursing , University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN;
Despite major advances in cancer treatment, children and adolescents still experience negative consequences of cancer. Educating patients is a primary responsibility of nurses, yet time constraints and staff shortages limit nurses from providing educational support and adequately preparing patients for cancer treatment. Instead, patients frequently rely on the Internet as a source of information about cancer. Adolescents regard the Internet to be a valuable, easily accessible and less threatening source of health information, however, it can be inaccurate and outdated. To meet the needs of adolescents with cancer, this pilot study aimed to field test an innovative, interactive web-based educational program, Coping with Cancer. The program was designed to prepare adolescents (ages 10 to 16 years) for cancer treatment through enhancement of the adolescent's knowledge of cancer, cancer treatment, and healthy coping strategies. The study implemented a one sample pre - post design over a one month intervention period. The convenience sample consisted of twenty adolescents (7 female, 13 male), mean age of 14 plus 2 years with various types of cancer in their first year of cancer treatment. All adolescents used the website, with no attrition during the one month intervention period; mean use time of the website was 164 minutes (SD = 163); median use time was 123 minutes, ranging from 43 to 789 minutes. Changes in scores for cancer knowledge (Adolescent Cancer Knowledge Questionnaire), anxiety (State-Trait Anxiety Inventory) and coping (A-Cope) were assessed. There was a statistically significant change in cancer knowledge scores (p < .0001). No significant differences in anxiety or coping were detected. Adolescents reported that the website helped them better understand cancer and cancer treatment. All adolescents found Coping with Cancer to be a very helpful website and stated that they would recommend it to a friend with cancer. Results suggest use of the Coping with Cancer website among adolescents with cancer is feasible and appears to enhance cancer knowledge. Findings of this study support further development of the Coping with Cancer program to ensure a trusted educational resource for adolescents with cancer.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleField Test of a Web-based Educational Program for Early and Middle Adolescentsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/158383-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Field Test of a Web-based Educational Program for Early and Middle Adolescents</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</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">O'Conner-Von, Susan, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Minnesota</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">School of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">308 Harvard St. S.E., Minneapolis, MN, 55455, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">612-624-6647</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">ocon0025@umn.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">S. O'Conner-Von, School of Nursing , University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN;</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Despite major advances in cancer treatment, children and adolescents still experience negative consequences of cancer. Educating patients is a primary responsibility of nurses, yet time constraints and staff shortages limit nurses from providing educational support and adequately preparing patients for cancer treatment. Instead, patients frequently rely on the Internet as a source of information about cancer. Adolescents regard the Internet to be a valuable, easily accessible and less threatening source of health information, however, it can be inaccurate and outdated. To meet the needs of adolescents with cancer, this pilot study aimed to field test an innovative, interactive web-based educational program, Coping with Cancer. The program was designed to prepare adolescents (ages 10 to 16 years) for cancer treatment through enhancement of the adolescent's knowledge of cancer, cancer treatment, and healthy coping strategies. The study implemented a one sample pre - post design over a one month intervention period. The convenience sample consisted of twenty adolescents (7 female, 13 male), mean age of 14 plus 2 years with various types of cancer in their first year of cancer treatment. All adolescents used the website, with no attrition during the one month intervention period; mean use time of the website was 164 minutes (SD = 163); median use time was 123 minutes, ranging from 43 to 789 minutes. Changes in scores for cancer knowledge (Adolescent Cancer Knowledge Questionnaire), anxiety (State-Trait Anxiety Inventory) and coping (A-Cope) were assessed. There was a statistically significant change in cancer knowledge scores (p &lt; .0001). No significant differences in anxiety or coping were detected. Adolescents reported that the website helped them better understand cancer and cancer treatment. All adolescents found Coping with Cancer to be a very helpful website and stated that they would recommend it to a friend with cancer. Results suggest use of the Coping with Cancer website among adolescents with cancer is feasible and appears to enhance cancer knowledge. Findings of this study support further development of the Coping with Cancer program to ensure a trusted educational resource for adolescents with cancer.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T20:59:43Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T20:59:43Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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