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Title: A Digital Cancer Ecosystem to Deliver Health and Psychosocial Education as Preventive Intervention
Author: Ciria Suárez, Laura
Costas, Laura
Flix-Valle, Aida
Serra Blasco, María
Medina Alcaraz, Juan Carlos
Ochoa Arnedo, Cristian
Keywords: Càncer de mama
Intervenció psicològica
Malalts de càncer
Educació sanitària
Internet en medicina
Breast cancer
Psychological intervention
Cancer patients
Health education
Internet in medicine
Issue Date: 30-Jul-2022
Publisher: MDPI
Abstract: Health education and psychosocial interventions prevent emotional distress, and the latter has been shown to have an impact on survival. In turn, digital health education interventions may help promote equity by reaching a higher number of cancer patients, both because they avoid journeys to the hospital, by and having a better efficiency. A total of 234 women recently diagnosed with breast cancer in a comprehensive cancer center used the digital ecosystem ICOnnecta't from March 2019 to March 2021. ICOnnecta't consists of four care levels, provided to patients according to their level of distress. The second level of this intervention consists of an educational campus, which was analyzed to track users' interests and their information-seeking behavior. Overall, 99 out of 234 women (42.3%) used the educational campus. There were no significant differences in sociodemographic and clinical variables between the campus users and non-users. Among users, the median number of resources utilized per user was four (interquartile range: 2-9). Emotional and medical resources were the contents most frequently viewed and the audiovisual format the most consulted (p < 0.01). Resources were used mainly within the first three months from enrolment. Users who were guided to visit the virtual campus were more active than spontaneous users. Offering an early holistic health educational platform inside a digital cancer ecosystem, with health professionals involved, can reach more patients, promoting equity in the access of cancer information and prevention, from the very beginning of the disease.
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It is part of: Cancers, 2022, vol. 14, num. 15, p. 3724
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ISSN: 2072-6694
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