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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4688

Title: A Multimedia Interactive Education System for Prostate Cancer Patients: Development and Preliminary Evaluation
Authors: Diefenbach, Michael A
Butz, Brian P
Keywords: Original Paper
Multimedia software
prostate cancer
patient education
treatment decision making
decision making
Issue Date: 21-Jan-2004
Publisher: Gunther Eysenbach; Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, Toronto, Canada
Citation: Michael A Diefenbach, Brian P Butz. A Multimedia Interactive Education System for Prostate Cancer Patients: Development and Preliminary Evaluation. J Med Internet Res 2004;6(1):e3 <URL: http://www.jmir.org/2004/1/e3/>
Abstract: [This item is a preserved copy and is not necessarily the most recent version. To view the current item, visit http://www.jmir.org/2004/1/e3/ ] Background: A cancer diagnosis is highly distressing. Yet, to make informed treatment choices patients have to learn complicated disease and treatment information that is often fraught with medical and statistical terminology. Thus, patients need accurate and easy-to-understand information. Objective: To introduce the development and preliminary evaluation through focus groups of a novel highly-interactive multimedia-education software program for patients diagnosed with localized prostate cancer. Methods: The prostate interactive education system uses the metaphor of rooms in a virtual health center (ie, reception area, a library, physician offices, group meeting room) to organize information. Text information contained in the library is tailored to a person's information-seeking preference (ie, high versus low information seeker). We conducted a preliminary evaluation through 5 separate focus groups with prostate cancer survivors (N = 18) and their spouses (N = 15). Results: Focus group results point to the timeliness and high acceptability of the software among the target audience. Results also underscore the importance of a guide or tutor who assists in navigating the program and who responds to queries to facilitate information retrieval. Conclusions: Focus groups have established the validity of our approach and point to new directions to further enhance the user interface.
Description: Reviewer: Kreps, Gary
Reviewer: Anderson, Edward E
Reviewer: Reis, Janet
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4688
ISSN: 1438-8871
Other Identifiers: doi:10.2196/jmir.6.1.e3
Rights: Copyright (cc) Retained by author(s) under a Creative Commons License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
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