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Assessment of the needs and wishes of partners of cancer patients regarding a smartphone application of the self-help intervention Hold on, for each other : a qualitative study

Werger, C. (2018) Assessment of the needs and wishes of partners of cancer patients regarding a smartphone application of the self-help intervention Hold on, for each other : a qualitative study.

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Abstract:Background: Informal caregivers often neglect their own problems to focus on the needs of the patient. Since they play an important role in the recovery and illness management of patients, they need to be provided with proper care as well. The aim of this study was to assess the needs and wishes of partners of cancer patients regarding a smartphone application of the self-help intervention ‘Hold on, for each other’. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten partners of cancer patients. Participants were asked about their background, mock-ups of the app, features presented in the app and whether they had suggestions. Results: Almost all respondents were positive about the app in general, only two people indicated that they would not use the app. Respondents said they thought the app and the intervention were all-encompassing. The majority of respondents had a need for the following features; reminders, professional guidance, contact with fellow sufferers, self-monitoring and uploading data. The only feature they were not positive about was personalization. Conclusions: It is recommended to develop this app since there, apparently, is a need for it. This study also provided us with information which can be used for the development of mHealth in general.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
Unknown organization, Nederland
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/75019
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