Feasibility of an eHealth application "OncoKompas" to improve personalized survivorship cancer care

S. Duman-Lubberding, C. F. van Uden-Kraan, F. Jansen, B. I. Witte, L. A. van der Velden, M. Lacko, P. Cuijpers, C. R. Leemans, I. M. Verdonck-de Leeuw*

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility of an online self-management application (OncoKompas) among cancer survivors. In OncoKompas, cancer survivors can monitor their quality of life (QOL) via participant reported outcomes (PROs) ("Measure"), which is followed by automatically generated individually tailored feedback ("Learn") and personalized advice on supportive care services ("Act"). A pretest-posttest design was used, conducting a survey before providing access to OncoKompas, and 2 weeks after, followed by an interview by a nurse. Adoption was defined as the percentage of cancer survivors that agreed to participate in the study and returned the T0 questionnaire. Implementation was defined as the percentage of participants that actually used OncoKompas as intended (T1). General satisfaction was assessed based on the mean score of three study-specific questions: (1) general impression of OncoKompas, (2) the user-friendliness, and (3) the ability to use OncoKompas without assistance (10-point Likert scales). Furthermore, satisfaction was measured with the Net Promotor Scale (NPS). OncoKompas was feasible with an adoption grade of 64 %, an implementation grade of 75-91 %, a mean satisfaction score of 7.3, and a positive NPS (1.9). Sociodemographic and clinical factors and QOL were not associated with satisfaction. Several facilitators and barriers related to the feasibility of OncoKompas were identified. OncoKompas is considered feasible, but has to be further improved. In order to enhance feasibility and increase satisfaction, we have to balance the time it takes to use OncoKompas, measurement precision, and tailoring towards personalized advices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2163-2171
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2016


  • Neoplasms
  • Self-management
  • EHealth
  • Supportive cancer care
  • Quality of life
  • Lifestyle


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