A cross-sectional evaluation of the Dutch RHAPSODY program: online information and support for caregivers of persons with young-onset dementia

Maud Daemen*, Jeroen Bruinsma, Christian Bakker, Rob Groot Zwaaftink, Raymond Koopmans, Andrea Oostijen, Bernard Loose, Frans Verhey, Marjolein de Vugt, Kirsten Peetoom

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Caregivers of persons with young-onset dementia (YOD) have an explicit need for tailored information and support about YOD. Therefore, during the European RHAPSODY project a web-based information and support program for YOD caregivers was developed. The program was recently tailored to the Dutch context. This study evaluates the Dutch version on user acceptability, usability, user satisfaction, and user behavior.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted to evaluate the publicly available Dutch RHAPSODY program. A pop-up survey, extensive survey, and a semi-structured interview were used to evaluate how visitors perceived the program in terms of acceptability, usability, and their satisfaction. Web metrics registered user behavior. Quantitative data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and a deductive content analysis was used to analyze qualitative data.

Results: A total of 26 participants completed the pop-up survey, 19 completed the extensive survey, and 10 participated in the semi-structured interviews. Most participants were caregivers and healthcare professionals. They perceived the program as acceptable and usable in daily life and were satisfied with the quality of the content. The majority would use the program again and recommend it to others. Participants emphasized the necessity and desirability of a central platform incorporating educational and practical information about YOD. The page with an explanation about what YOD entails was most viewed (360 unique page views). Most time was spent on the page about the diagnostic process (6.5 min).

Conclusions: The Dutch RHAPSODY program showed good user acceptability, usability, and user satisfaction. The program met the need for tailored information and support regarding YOD and adds value to existing available support for YOD caregivers. Raising awareness about the program's existence among healthcare professionals may help caregivers to find appropriate post-diagnostic information. The program also provides educational opportunities for healthcare professionals.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100530
Number of pages7
JournalInternet interventions-The application of information technology in mental and behavioural health
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022


  • Young-onset dementia
  • Caregiver
  • Web-based
  • E-learning
  • Education
  • CARE


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