Using Web-Based Interventions to Support Caregivers of Patients With Cancer: A Systematic Review

Donna J. Kaltenbaugh

Mary Lou Klem

Lu Hu

Eleanor Turi

Alice J. Haines

Jennifer Hagerty Lingler

caregivers, Internet, neoplasms
ONF 2015, 42(2), 156-164. DOI: 10.1188/15.ONF.156-164

Purpose/Objectives: To explore the literature to examine the physical, social, psychological, financial, usability, and feasibility outcomes of web-based interventions on caregivers of people with cancer and to identify potential trends in this body of evidence.

Data Sources: PubMed, CINAHL®, PsycINFO®, and Inspec.

Data Synthesis: Six articles met inclusion criteria. Across studies, most caregivers were middle-aged female spouses with some college attendance who felt “somewhat comfortable” using the Internet. Caregiver interventions used single- and multicomponent services and reduced negative mood.

Conclusions: Web-based caregiver interventions can be beneficial in offering information and support and may positively influence the social and psychological outcomes in this population.

Implications for Nursing: Many studies described caregiver Internet usage and interventional perceptions and needs, but few have examined the impact of web-based interventions on caregivers. More research is needed to produce high-quality evidence in this population.

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