W.H. van Harten
- Supporting Lung Cancer Patients With an Interactive Patient Portal
- Feasibility Study
- JMIR Cancer
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- 3 | 2
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- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Psychology Research Institute (PsyRes)
BACKGROUND: MyAVL is an interactive portal for cancer patients that aims to support lung cancer patients.
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to evaluate the feasibility and usability of the patient portal and generate preliminary evidence on its impact.
METHODS: Lung cancer patients currently or recently treated with curative intent could use MyAVL noncommittally for 4 months. Feasibility, usability, and preliminary impact (ie, patient activation, quality of life, and physical activity) were studied by means of questionnaires, a focus group, and analysis of user log data.
RESULTS: We included 37 of 123 eligible patients (mean age 59.6 years). The majority of responses (82%) were positive about using MyAVL, 69% saw it as a valuable addition to care, and 56% perceived increased control over their health. No positive effects could be substantiated on the impact measures.
CONCLUSIONS: MyAVL appears to be a feasible and user-friendly, multifunctional eHealth program for a selected group of lung cancer patients. However, it needs further improvements to positively impact patient outcomes.
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