Public Health Article

Using web-based interventions to support caregivers of patients with cancer: A systematic review

Review Quality Rating: 8 (strong)

Citation: Kaltenbaugh D.J., Klem M.L., Lu H., Turi E., Haines A., & Lingler J. (2015). Using web-based interventions to support caregivers of patients with cancer: A systematic review. Oncology Nursing Forum, 42(2), 156-164.

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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, PsyclNFO, 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.


Adults (20-59 years), Cancer, Home, Internet, Seniors (60+ years), Social Support (e.g., counseling, case management, outreach programs)

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