Coping with Cancer: Field Test of a Web-Based Educational Program for Early and Middle Adolescents

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/159775
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Coping with Cancer: Field Test of a Web-Based Educational Program for Early and Middle Adolescents
Abstract:
Coping with Cancer: Field Test of a Web-Based Educational Program for Early and Middle Adolescents
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2009
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.K. O'Conner-Von, School of Nursing , University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN;
Every year 12,400 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. Although advances in cancer treatment have been made, children and adolescents experience pain and other negative consequences of cancer. Educating patients is a primary responsibility of all nurses, however due to time constraints and staff shortages, nurses are often unable to adequately prepare patients for cancer treatment. Instead, patients frequently rely on the Internet as a source of information about cancer, some of which can be outdated and inaccurate. Adolescents regard the Internet to be a valuable source of health information as it is easily accessible, less threatening and confidential. Considering the need for accurate, readily available information for adolescents with cancer, the purpose of this study was to field test an innovative, interactive web-based educational program designed to prepare early and middle adolescents (ages 10 to 16 years) for cancer treatment. Entitled Coping with Cancer, this program was developed by the principal investigator after conducting in-depth interviews of adolescent cancer survivors and their parents. Based on the Transactional Model of Coping (Lazarus and colleagues) the program focuses on enhancing the adolescent's knowledge of cancer, cancer treatment, and healthy coping strategies. This research is in progress. A convenience sample of twenty early and middle adolescents actively undergoing cancer treatment will receive access to Coping with Cancer for one month and evaluate the program on ease of navigation, readability, age appropriateness, and thoroughness. Pre and post measures include: knowledge acquisition, state anxiety, and coping behaviors. Further development and evaluation of Coping with Cancer will ensure a trusted web-based resource designed to improve the quality of life for adolescents with cancer and will give pediatric oncology nurses the capability of providing ongoing education for adolescents from diagnosis and treatment, to follow up care.
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.titleCoping with Cancer: Field Test of a Web-Based Educational Program for Early and Middle Adolescentsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/159775-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Coping with Cancer: 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">2009</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.K. O'Conner-Von, School of Nursing , University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN;</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Every year 12,400 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. Although advances in cancer treatment have been made, children and adolescents experience pain and other negative consequences of cancer. Educating patients is a primary responsibility of all nurses, however due to time constraints and staff shortages, nurses are often unable to adequately prepare patients for cancer treatment. Instead, patients frequently rely on the Internet as a source of information about cancer, some of which can be outdated and inaccurate. Adolescents regard the Internet to be a valuable source of health information as it is easily accessible, less threatening and confidential. Considering the need for accurate, readily available information for adolescents with cancer, the purpose of this study was to field test an innovative, interactive web-based educational program designed to prepare early and middle adolescents (ages 10 to 16 years) for cancer treatment. Entitled Coping with Cancer, this program was developed by the principal investigator after conducting in-depth interviews of adolescent cancer survivors and their parents. Based on the Transactional Model of Coping (Lazarus and colleagues) the program focuses on enhancing the adolescent's knowledge of cancer, cancer treatment, and healthy coping strategies. This research is in progress. A convenience sample of twenty early and middle adolescents actively undergoing cancer treatment will receive access to Coping with Cancer for one month and evaluate the program on ease of navigation, readability, age appropriateness, and thoroughness. Pre and post measures include: knowledge acquisition, state anxiety, and coping behaviors. Further development and evaluation of Coping with Cancer will ensure a trusted web-based resource designed to improve the quality of life for adolescents with cancer and will give pediatric oncology nurses the capability of providing ongoing education for adolescents from diagnosis and treatment, to follow up care.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T22:19:22Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T22:19:22Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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