E-loyalty towards a cancer information website: applying a theoretical framework

R. Crutzen*, N. Beekers, M. van Eenbergen, M. Becker, L. Jongen, L. van Osch

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ObjectiveTo provide more insight into user perceptions related to e-loyalty towards a cancer information website. This is needed to assure adequate provision of high quality information during the full process of cancer treatmentfrom diagnosis to after careand an important first step towards optimizing cancer information websites in order to promote e-loyalty. MethodsParticipants were cancer patients (n=63) and informal caregivers (n=202) that visited a website providing regional information about cancer care for all types of cancer. Subsequently, they filled out a questionnaire assessing e-loyalty towards the website and user perceptions (efficiency, effectiveness, active trust and enjoyment) based on a theoretical framework derived from the field of e-commerce. A structural equation model was constructed to test the relationships between user perceptions and e-loyalty. ResultsParticipants in general could find the information they were looking for (efficiency), thought it was relevant (effectiveness) and that they could act upon it (active trust) and thought the visit itself was pleasant (enjoyment). Effectiveness and enjoyment were both positively related with e-loyalty, but this was mediated by active trust. Efficiency was positively related with e-loyalty. The explained variance of e-loyalty was high (R2=0.70). ConclusionsThis study demonstrates that the importance of user perceptions is not limited to fields such as e-commerce but is also present within the context of cancer information websites. The high information need among participants might explain the positive relationship between efficiency and e-loyalty. Therefore, cancer information websites need to foster easy search and access of information provided. Copyright (c) 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)685-691
Number of pages7
Issue number6
Early online date10 Jan 2014
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014


  • cancer
  • oncology
  • e-loyalty
  • information
  • website
  • user perceptions
  • LIFE

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