Short-term effectiveness of an eHealth intervention aimed at improving cancer survivors’ quality of life

RA Willems, C. Bolman, I. Mesters, I. Kanera, AAJM Beaulen, L. Lechner

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    Background: Since eHealth can be a valuable tool for addressing frequently occurring psychosocial problemsin the population of cancer survivors, we developed the ‘Kanker Nazorg Wijzer’ (KNW; CancerAftercare Guide). This is an online tailored intervention aimed at increasing survivors’ quality of life bytackling frequently experienced problems. Methods: As part of a RCT, quality of life (EORTC QLQ-C30), psychological distress (HADS), and fatigue (CIS)at 6 months were compared between the intervention (n = 186) and control (n = 149) group,controlling for baseline values. MANCOVAs tested overall effects, ANCOVAs subscale effects. Findings: MANCOVAs only revealed an effect for psychological distress. Results of the ANCOVAs showedthat the intervention group reported higher emotional functioning (QLQ-C30; p = .03, ƞ2 = .009), loweranxiety (HADS; p = .03, ƞ2 = .007) and depression (HADS; p = .01, ƞ2 = .011), less subjective fatigue(CIS; p = .03, ƞ2 = .007) and higher motivation for undertaking activities (CIS; p = .03, ƞ2 = .008). Discussion: The first results of the intervention-effectiveness are promising. The KNW seems to successfullyaddress important patients’ needs. Further research will explore relevant moderators or mediators.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Sep 2015
    Event29th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society: Principles of Behaviour Change in Health and Illness - Grand Resort, Limassol, Cyprus
    Duration: 1 Sep 20155 Sep 2015
    http://ehps2015.org/

    Conference

    Conference29th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society
    Abbreviated titleEHPS 2015
    Country/TerritoryCyprus
    CityLimassol
    Period1/09/155/09/15
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