A systematic review of types and efficacy of online interventions for cancer patients. Review uri icon

Overview

MeSH

  • Adult
  • Health Personnel
  • Humans

MeSH Major

  • Health Promotion
  • Internet
  • Neoplasms
  • Quality of Life
  • Social Support

abstract

  • This review examines the evidence-based literature surrounding the use of online resources for adult cancer patients. The focus is online resources that connect patients with their healthcare clinician and with supportive and educational resources, their efficacy and the outcome measures used to assess them. The following databases were systematically searched for relevant literature: MEDLINE, PsychINFO, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, CINAHL, Inspec and Computers and Applied Science. Included were studies conducted in an outpatient setting, and reporting a measurable, clinically relevant outcome. Fourteen studies satisfied the inclusion criteria. The efficacy of online interventions was varied, with some demonstrating positive effects on quality of life and related measures, and two demonstrating poorer outcomes for intervention participants. The majority of interventions reported mixed results. Included interventions were too heterogeneous for meta-analysis. The overall benefit of online interventions for cancer patients is unclear. Although there is a plethora of interventions reported without analysis, current interventions demonstrate mixed efficacy of limited duration when rigorously evaluated. The efficacy of on-line interventions for cancer patients is unclear. All on-line interventions should be developed using the available evidence-base and rigorously evaluated to expand our understanding of this area. Crown Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

publication date

  • March 2015

has subject area

  • Adult
  • Health Personnel
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Neoplasms
  • Quality of Life
  • Social Support

Research

keywords

  • Journal Article
  • Review

Identity

Language

  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.pec.2014.11.002

PubMed ID

  • 25535016

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 283

end page

  • 295

volume

  • 98

number

  • 3