How to effectively tailor website information to older colorectal cancer patients’ mode preferences (OCA-4)

This project focuses on how online information should be presented to older cancer patients. In a randomised controlled trial, we investigate the effects of exposure to a website that is tailored to colorectal cancer patients’ mode preferences (offering choices between text only, text with illustrations, video or a combination of these modes) as compared to exposure to a websites presenting the information in a standardised, fixed manner. We particularly focus on differences between older (≥ 65 years) and younger (< 65 years) patients, taking into account both age and age-related factors. The primary outcomes are recall of information and distress before and after the consultations with health professionals. Secondary outcomes are communication during the consultations, patients’ evaluation of the communication, and perceived quality of the decision making process. Ultimately, we aim to establish theory- and evidence-based guidance for optimal information provision to older cancer patients.

This project is a collaboration between the Amsterdam School of Communication Research/ASCoR (budget holder), the department of Medical Psychology and the Gastro-Intestinal Oncological Center Amsterdam (GIOCA) of the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam.

Research team: Minh Hao Nguyen (PhD student)
Prof. Julia van Weert and Prof. Ellen Smets (promotores)
Prof. Eugène F. Loos (copromotor)
Other members UvA: Dr. Nadine Bol, Dr. Madelon Bronner and Monique Alblas, MSc
Other members AMC: Dr. Kristien Tytgat 
Dr. Anthony van de Ven and GIOCA nurses
Status: Ongoing since September 2014
Funding: Dutch Cancer Society