CONNECTING WITH PATIENTS AND CAREGIVERS TO FOSTER INSPIRATION AND HEALING THROUGH MYLIFELINE.ORG CANCER FOUNDATION

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/164751
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
CONNECTING WITH PATIENTS AND CAREGIVERS TO FOSTER INSPIRATION AND HEALING THROUGH MYLIFELINE.ORG CANCER FOUNDATION
Author(s):
Lahr, Laurie; Donziger, Marcia; Fisher, Robert E.
Author Details:
Laurie Lahr, RN, MS, OCN, Manager of Clinical Services, Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, Longmont, Colorado, USA, email: laurielahr@mesanetworks.net; Marcia Donziger, MyLifeLine.org Cancer Foundation, Denver, Colorado; Robert E. Fisher, MD
Abstract:
Clinical/Evidence Based Practice: Patients can become very overwhelmed by the requests from family and friends to stay updated as to their condition when diagnosed with cancer. Returning phone calls and repeating the same information is physically and emotionally exhausting. Sharing updates and managing caring messages through a centralized website helps everyone touched by cancer. MyLifeLine.org Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization that encourages patients and caregivers to create free, customized websites to enhance knowledge, communication and healing. Utilizing the internet for researching information related to cancer is well established in the literature and this website is devoted to offering educational resources and support for patients, family and friends. The goal was to identify the benefit to patients and caregivers who utilized MyLifeLine.org as a communication tool. Through an email survey in October 2008, utilization of this website was evaluated compared with that of traditional communication, such as a telephone call. Using the information obtained from this survey, nurses could educate patients and caregivers regarding this important communication tool. A survey was emailed to 250 individuals who used MyLifeLine. org as a communication tool. Information obtained from respondents was used to analyze the effect of this tool on communication, healing and inspiration. The nursing department evaluated the responses to enhance educational program development. Thirty-three percent of users responded to the survey. Of these respondents, seventy-one percent of patients and caregivers that used MyLifeLine.org reported an improved sense of communication. Forty-four percent of the respondents felt that it limited the number of phone calls. Patients and caregivers felt they were better informed, educated and supported through the use of this website. The nursing staff was able to describe and demonstrate this interactive website to patients during their education session. Benefits and features included connecting updates, photo galleries, learning links, inspiring messages, helping calendars and a laughing medicine section. Nursing involvement is essential to describing new tools for patients and caregivers as it relates to communication, healing, knowledge and inspiration. MyLifeLine.org Cancer Foundation is an effective communication tool for patients and caregivers as demonstrated by this on-line survey.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2009
Conference Name:
34th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleCONNECTING WITH PATIENTS AND CAREGIVERS TO FOSTER INSPIRATION AND HEALING THROUGH MYLIFELINE.ORG CANCER FOUNDATIONen_GB
dc.contributor.authorLahr, Laurieen_US
dc.contributor.authorDonziger, Marciaen_US
dc.contributor.authorFisher, Robert E.en_US
dc.author.detailsLaurie Lahr, RN, MS, OCN, Manager of Clinical Services, Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, Longmont, Colorado, USA, email: laurielahr@mesanetworks.net; Marcia Donziger, MyLifeLine.org Cancer Foundation, Denver, Colorado; Robert E. Fisher, MDen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/164751-
dc.description.abstractClinical/Evidence Based Practice: Patients can become very overwhelmed by the requests from family and friends to stay updated as to their condition when diagnosed with cancer. Returning phone calls and repeating the same information is physically and emotionally exhausting. Sharing updates and managing caring messages through a centralized website helps everyone touched by cancer. MyLifeLine.org Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization that encourages patients and caregivers to create free, customized websites to enhance knowledge, communication and healing. Utilizing the internet for researching information related to cancer is well established in the literature and this website is devoted to offering educational resources and support for patients, family and friends. The goal was to identify the benefit to patients and caregivers who utilized MyLifeLine.org as a communication tool. Through an email survey in October 2008, utilization of this website was evaluated compared with that of traditional communication, such as a telephone call. Using the information obtained from this survey, nurses could educate patients and caregivers regarding this important communication tool. A survey was emailed to 250 individuals who used MyLifeLine. org as a communication tool. Information obtained from respondents was used to analyze the effect of this tool on communication, healing and inspiration. The nursing department evaluated the responses to enhance educational program development. Thirty-three percent of users responded to the survey. Of these respondents, seventy-one percent of patients and caregivers that used MyLifeLine.org reported an improved sense of communication. Forty-four percent of the respondents felt that it limited the number of phone calls. Patients and caregivers felt they were better informed, educated and supported through the use of this website. The nursing staff was able to describe and demonstrate this interactive website to patients during their education session. Benefits and features included connecting updates, photo galleries, learning links, inspiring messages, helping calendars and a laughing medicine section. Nursing involvement is essential to describing new tools for patients and caregivers as it relates to communication, healing, knowledge and inspiration. MyLifeLine.org Cancer Foundation is an effective communication tool for patients and caregivers as demonstrated by this on-line survey.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:06:19Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:06:19Z-
dc.conference.date2009en_US
dc.conference.name34th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationSan Antonio, Texas, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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