Engaging Elderly Breast Cancer Patients Through an e-health Intervention: A Case Series Study

Daniela Villani, Chiara Cognetta, Davide Toniolo, Francesco Scanzi, Giuseppe Riva

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abstract

The aging population increases the number of new diagnoses of breast cancer and women of all ages experience psychological stress for possible treatment related side effects. To prepare elderly women diagnosed with breast cancer to face the imminent chemotherapy we developed an e-health intervention based on the Stress Inoculation Training (SIT) protocol, lasting two weeks. The online intervention includes 10 sessions to see once a day. The research design is a controlled trial comparing an experimental group, following the online intervention in addition to traditional treatment provided by the hospital, and a control group without treatment. The aim of this contribution is to explore the level of engagement of eight patients through a case series study. Furthermore, the acceptance of the online intervention by elderly patients in terms of perceived pleasantness, usefulness and easiness is assessed. Data show that patients remain in a stable position (mainly ranging from the arousal and the adhesion phases) within the engagement process after two weeks. Furthermore, patients of the experimental group report a good level of acceptance of the e-health intervention. Thus, preliminary results suggest that the e-health intervention is well accepted by elderly patients and that it addresses patients’ need of knowing the imminent treatment experience and of understanding how to deal with it.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPervasive Computing Paradigms for Mental Health - 7th International Conference, MindCare 2018, Proceedings
EditorsPietro Cipresso, Justin T. Baker, Silvia Serino, Yuri Ostrovsky
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages107-114
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783030010928
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018
Event7th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Paradigms for Mental Health, MindCare 2018 - Boston, United States
Duration: Jan 9 2018Jan 10 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST
Volume253
ISSN (Print)1867-8211

Conference

Conference7th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Paradigms for Mental Health, MindCare 2018
CountryUnited States
CityBoston
Period1/9/181/10/18

Keywords

  • Acceptance
  • Breast cancer
  • e-health
  • Online intervention
  • Patient engagement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Engaging Elderly Breast Cancer Patients Through an e-health Intervention: A Case Series Study'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Villani, D., Cognetta, C., Toniolo, D., Scanzi, F., & Riva, G. (2018). Engaging Elderly Breast Cancer Patients Through an e-health Intervention: A Case Series Study. In P. Cipresso, J. T. Baker, S. Serino, & Y. Ostrovsky (Eds.), Pervasive Computing Paradigms for Mental Health - 7th International Conference, MindCare 2018, Proceedings (pp. 107-114). (Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST; Vol. 253). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-01093-5_14