Abstract 2249: Stroke Intervention Website: Design and Usage Evaluation
Background and Purpose: Web-based interventions have the potential to increase accessibility and efficiency of healthcare services, such as education and support for family caregivers. The major aim of this project was to evaluate the design and usage, of a stroke intervention website, which was guided by Friedemann’s framework of systemic organization, for new caregiving families residing in home settings.
Methods: Thirty-six caregivers had access to this intervention of education and support used in a one-year randomized controlled trial (RCT) in Ohio and Michigan. The average participant was 54 years of age, white, female, and the spouse of the care recipient. Four questions related to the website were asked of the participants as part of a bi-monthly telephone interview. Additionally a 33-item telephone Survey at the conclusion of the RCT evaluated the website design and usage of its components. Number of visits to the website was also counted. Descriptive statistics and content analysis were used with these data. At the end of the RCT, the intervention was opened to everyone on the Internet, and website visits were counted for a 15-month period.
Results: On average, the RCT participants accessed the website one to two hours per week, although participants’ usage declined after several months. There were a total of 7,121 visits over the one-year period. The participants found the training to be adequate and positively rated the website’s appearance and usability. They also agreed or strongly agreed that they learned a lot from the intervention’s components. In the 15-month period following the RCT, there were 19,431 total visits to the website.
Conclusions: The family caregivers in the RCT, as well as subsequent website visitors, used the intervention for education information and social support in dealing with stroke and its outcomes. Healthcare providers can suggest this website to stroke caregiving families and website developers can replicate the design of this intervention website for other health conditions.
- © 2012 by American Heart Association, Inc.