Rapid systematic review on developing web-based interventions to support people affected by cancer

Cooke, Samuel, Nelson, David, Green, Heidi , McPeake, Kathie, Gussy, Mark and Kane, Ros (2022) Rapid systematic review on developing web-based interventions to support people affected by cancer. BMJ Open, 12 (9). e062026. ISSN electronic ISSN

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2022-062026

Rapid systematic review on developing web-based interventions to support people affected by cancer
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Objective To systematically identify and explore the existing evidence to inform the development of web-based interventions to support people affected by cancer (PABC).

Design A rapid review design was employed in accordance with the guidance produced by the Cochrane Rapid Reviews Methods Group and reported using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses checklist. A rapid review was chosen due to the need for a timely evidence synthesis to underpin the subsequent development of a digital resource (Shared Lives: Cancer) as part of an ongoing funded project.

Methods and outcomes Keyword searches were performed in MEDLINE to identify peer-reviewed literature that reported primary data on the development of web-based interventions designed to support PABC. The review included peer-reviewed studies published in English with no limits set on publication date or geography. Key outcomes included any primary data that reported on the design, usability, feasibility, acceptability, functionality and user experience of web-based resource development.

Results Ten studies were identified that met the pre-specified eligibility criteria. All studies employed an iterative, co-design approach underpinned by either quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods. The findings were grouped into the following overarching themes: (1) exploring current evidence, guidelines and theory, (2) identifying user needs and preferences and (3) evaluating the usability, feasibility and acceptability of resources. Resources should be informed by the experiences of a wide range of end-users taking into consideration current guidelines and theory early in the design process. Resource design and content should be developed around the user’s needs and preferences and evaluated through usability, feasibility or acceptability testing using quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods.

Conclusion The findings of this rapid review provide novel methodological insights into the approaches used to design web-based interventions to support PABC. Our findings have the potential to inform and guide researchers when considering the development of future digital health resources.

Trial registration number The review protocol was registered on the Open Science Framework (https://osf.io/ucvsz).

Keywords:cancer survivorship, living with cancer, web-based support, digital health, rapid review, systematic review
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B990 Subjects Allied to Medicine not elsewhere classified
A Medicine and Dentistry > A900 Others in Medicine and Dentistry
L Social studies > L510 Health & Welfare
A Medicine and Dentistry > A990 Medicine and Dentistry not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health
College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:50884
Deposited On:14 Sep 2022 10:12

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