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Oncol Nurs Forum. 2001 Oct;28(9):1399-407.

The effectiveness of a self-care management interactive multimedia module.

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  • MasterPoint Video Productions, Inc, Baton Rouge, LA, USA. wydra628@bellsouth.net

Abstract

PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES:

To develop and test an interactive multimedia module prototype designed to accommodate adults with limited literacy and without computer skills.

DESIGN:

Experimental, randomized, controlled, pretest, post-test.

SETTING:

Cancer treatment centers in California, Louisiana (pilot). New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

SAMPLE:

Outpatients who were at least 18 years old with a minimum fifth-grade reading level; 86 experimental treatment, 88 control.

METHODS:

Experimental treatment involved use of the interactive multimedia module; the control group received customary Instruction.

FINDINGS:

As compared to the control group, subjects in the experimental group had significant improvement (p = 0.0001; 257% gain) in self-care ability regardless of age, sex race, education, geographic location, reading ability, computer experience, or preferred learning style; a 6.515% increase in fatigue content covered and 16.775% Increase in instructional duration; and significantly greater benefit from sleep-related activities and a consistent, positive pattern of self-care behavior.

CONCLUSIONS:

The program is instructionally effective, appropriate for a wide and geographically diverse audience, and feasible for use in the ambulatory setting.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE:

The interactive multimedia module is an effective, self-directed resource for individualized patient fatigue education.

PMID:
11683310
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