Development, feasibility and usability of an online psychological intervention for men with prostate cancer: my road ahead

Wootten, Addie C., Abbott, Jo-Anne M., Chisholm, Katherine, Austin, David W., Klein, Britt, McCabe, Marita, Murphy, Declan G. and Costello, Anthony J. 2014, Development, feasibility and usability of an online psychological intervention for men with prostate cancer: my road ahead, Internet interventions, vol. 1, no. 4, pp. 188-195, doi: 10.1016/j.invent.2014.10.001.

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Title Development, feasibility and usability of an online psychological intervention for men with prostate cancer: my road ahead
Author(s) Wootten, Addie C.
Abbott, Jo-Anne M.
Chisholm, Katherine
Austin, David W.ORCID iD for Austin, David W.
Klein, Britt
McCabe, Marita
Murphy, Declan G.
Costello, Anthony J.
Journal name Internet interventions
Volume number 1
Issue number 4
Start page 188
End page 195
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2014-10
ISSN 2214-7829
Keyword(s) Feasibility
Prostate cancer
Psychological intervention
User engagement
Summary Men with prostate cancer are not routinely offered psychosocial support despite strong evidence that being diagnosed with prostate cancer poses significant quality of life concerns and places the patient at elevated risk of developing a range of mental health disorders. The objective of this study was to develop an online psychological intervention for men with prostate cancer and to pilot test the feasibility and acceptability of the intervention. Development of the intervention involved a multidisciplinary collaboration, adapting face-to-face and group intervention strategies for an online format. The full online intervention and moderated forum were pilot tested with 64 participants who were recruited from urology practices in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. After consenting to participate and creating a personal account in the online programme, participants completed baseline demographic questionnaires. Participants were provided access to the programme for 6-12. weeks. After completing the programme participants completed an online survey to assess intervention and forum utilisation and satisfaction, as well as suggest intervention refinements following their use of the intervention. Patient satisfaction was calculated using mean responses to the satisfaction questionnaire. The intervention was received positively with 47.82% of participants highly satisfied with the programme, and 78.26% said they would recommend it to a friend. Participants' qualitative feedback indicated good acceptability of the online intervention. A number of technical and participant engagement issues were identified and changes recommended as a result of the feasibility testing.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.invent.2014.10.001
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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