Uptake and adherence to an online intervention for cancer-related distress: older age is not a barrier to adherence but may be a barrier to uptake

Beatty, Lisa, Kemp, Emma, Binnion, Claire, Turner, Jane, Milne, Donna, Butow, Phyllis, Lambert, Sylvie, Yates, Patsy, Yip, Desmond and Koczwara, Bogda (2017) Uptake and adherence to an online intervention for cancer-related distress: older age is not a barrier to adherence but may be a barrier to uptake. Supportive Care in Cancer, 25 6: 1-10. doi:10.1007/s00520-017-3591-1


Author Beatty, Lisa
Kemp, Emma
Binnion, Claire
Turner, Jane
Milne, Donna
Butow, Phyllis
Lambert, Sylvie
Yates, Patsy
Yip, Desmond
Koczwara, Bogda
Title Uptake and adherence to an online intervention for cancer-related distress: older age is not a barrier to adherence but may be a barrier to uptake
Journal name Supportive Care in Cancer   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1433-7339
0941-4355
Publication date 2017-02-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s00520-017-3591-1
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 25
Issue 6
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Subject 2730 Oncology
Abstract Purpose: While online interventions are increasingly explored as an alternative to therapist-based interventions for cancer-related distress, limitations to efficacy potentially include low uptake and adherence. Few predictors of uptake or adherence to online interventions have been consistently identified, particularly in individuals with cancer. This study examined rates and predictors of uptake and adherence to Finding My Way, a RCT of an online intervention versus an information-only online control for cancer-related distress. Methods: Participants were adults with cancer treated with curative intent. Adherence was assessed by login frequency, duration and activity level; analyses examined demographic, medical and psychological predictors of uptake and adherence. Results: The study enrolled 191 adults (aged 26–94 years) undergoing active treatment for cancer of any type. Uptake was highest for females and for individuals with ovarian (80%) and breast cancer (49.8%), and lowest for those with melanoma (26.5%). Adherence was predicted by older age and control-group allocation. Baseline distress levels did not predict adherence. High adherers to the full intervention had better emotion regulation and quality of life than low adherers. Conclusions: Uptake of online intervention varies according to age, gender and cancer type. While uptake was higher amongst younger individuals, once enrolled, older individuals were more likely to adhere to online interventions for cancer-related distress.
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Purpose: While online interventions are increasingly explored as an alternative to therapist-based interventions for cancer-related distress, limitations to efficacy potentially include low uptake and adherence. Few predictors of uptake or adherence to online interventions have been consistently identified, particularly in individuals with cancer. This study examined rates and predictors of uptake and adherence to Finding My Way, a RCT of an online intervention versus an information-only online control for cancer-related distress.

Methods: Participants were adults with cancer treated with curative intent. Adherence was assessed by login frequency, duration and activity level; analyses examined demographic, medical and psychological predictors of uptake and adherence.

Results: The study enrolled 191 adults (aged 26–94 years) undergoing active treatment for cancer of any type. Uptake was highest for females and for individuals with ovarian (80%) and breast cancer (49.8%), and lowest for those with melanoma (26.5%). Adherence was predicted by older age and control-group allocation. Baseline distress levels did not predict adherence. High adherers to the full intervention had better emotion regulation and quality of life than low adherers.

Conclusions: Uptake of online intervention varies according to age, gender and cancer type. While uptake was higher amongst younger individuals, once enrolled, older individuals were more likely to adhere to online interventions for cancer-related distress.
Keyword Adherence
Cancer
Cognitive behavioural therapy
Online intervention
Uptake
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID 1042942
Institutional Status UQ

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