To determine the sorts of eHealth services that work best in helping patients with breast cancer.
- Using CHESS, the Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System, to explore major types of services
- Where should invest our eHealth resources?
- What resources are responsible for therapeutic impact?
- Basic Information
- Services that provide basic information on breast cancer and its treatment, e.g.,
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Library Articles
- Discussion Group
- "Ask an Expert"
- Skill Training
- Easing Distress
- Healthy Relating
Different types of ICCS packages produced different patterns of effects across the different outcomes:
- Information & Support condition tended to produce the strongest effects on measures of information satisfaction.
- However, Full CHESS condition with skill building services tended to produce stronger effects on a measure of perceived support.
- None of the packages affected global quality of life.
- eHealth developers should concentrate on developing Information and Support services
- It may be possible that if an ehealth program is too complex it will degrade effectiveness of otherwise effective elements
- There is not a straightforward relation between use and efficacy: more use does not necessarily translate into better effects