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Designing and evaluating the acceptability of Realshare: An online support community for teenagers and young adults with cancer

Marder, Ben; Panteli, Niki; Griffiths, Catrin; Brunton, Deirdre; Williamson, Heidi

Authors

Ben Marder

Niki Panteli

Deirdre Brunton



Abstract

© 2014 SAGE Publications. A participatory action approach was used to design and evaluate the acceptability of the Realshare online community. Pre and post-intervention focus groups were conducted and participants were asked to test out Realshare during two intervention periods: when a facilitator was present and when one was not. Focus group data and forum messages were thematically analysed. The themes identified related to participants' website design requirements, how they used the community and the evaluation of Realshare after having used it. Amendments were made to Realshare throughout the project. Realshare is available to young oncology patients in the South West of England.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Journal Journal of Health Psychology
Print ISSN 1359-1053
Electronic ISSN 1461-7277
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 12
Pages 1589-1601
Institution Citation Williamson, H. E., Marder, B. E., Panteli, N. I., Griffiths, C., Panteli, N., Brunton, D., …Williamson, H. (2015). Designing and evaluating the acceptability of Realshare: An online support community for teenagers and young adults with cancer. Journal of Health Psychology, 20(12), 1589-1601. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105313519154
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105313519154
Keywords online support, community, teenagers, young adults, cancer, TYAC, visible difference
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359105313519154
Additional Information Corporate Creators : Centre for Appearance Research (CAR), UWE, University of Bath, University Hospitals Bristol

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