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Research and Insights: Exploring Comprehension and Acceptability of a Website for Cancer Patients and Caregivers

Typically, existing decision aids for participation in cancer clinical trials (CCTs) focus on a single treatment option, and do not include information or resources for caregivers. But limited patient awareness and understanding of CCTs could lead, in part, to lack of adequate CCT participation. This is of concern, because clinical trials are essential for the study of cancer treatment.

Web-based decision-aids are helpful, accessible sources of information about cancer and are preferred among cancer patients and cancer survivors. Researchers from the STEM Translational Communication Center at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications created a web-based decision aid designed to communicate information about CCTs to patients and caregivers and conducted a study to determine if the website would increase CCT comprehension and, ultimately, participation in CCTs. The study also measured whether evaluations of the website differed between cancer patients and caregivers.

Authors: Elizabeth Flood-Grady, Jordan M. Neil, Samantha R. Paige, Donghee Lee, Rachel E. Damiani, Deaven Hough, Zack Savitsky, Thomas L. George and Janice L. Krieger.


Posted: January 16, 2020
Category: Digest Only