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Modification of a Virtual Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program for Caregivers of Advanced Stage Cancer Survivors (vMBSR(C)) Based on a Prototype Evaluation

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Cecile Lengacher (College of Nursing)

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Abstract

Background/Purpose. Cancer caregivers (CG) often experience high distress and may benefit from a vMBSR(C) program. The purpose of this study was to redesign the program based on evaluation of the original prototype. Methods. In Phase 1 of Prototype testing, the vMBSR(C) program was redesigned based evaluation on the original program. First, six modules were redesigned to improve and modernize the format, revise guided videos, and scripts. Second, the research team reviewed completeness, aesthetics and organization of the modules and guided videos in planning for pilot testing among caregivers of advanced stage patients. Pilot testing will enable further evaluation of the program for usability, and acceptability. Caregivers will complete the ‘System Usability Scale’ (SUS) and ‘Acceptability E-Scale’ surveys through the web using Qualtrics. Positive and negative feedback on the modules will be reviewed to identify appropriate edits to be completed prior to Phase 2. Results. Six modules were reviewed and edited along with a recruitment and orientation module. These modules will be piloted among 10-15 caregivers of advanced stage cancer patients. Qualtrics data on acceptability and usability surveys will be collected with a demonstrated appropriate acceptability and usability scores. Recommendations for improvements based on redesign of the modules, including additional guided meditation practice will occur in this pilot plan. Conclusions and Implications. Assessing the usability, acceptability, and general physical appearance of the vMBSR(C) modules provide a protype process allowing the research team to initiate additional review and edits prior to the implementation of the intervention among CG of advanced-stage cancer patients.

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Modification of a Virtual Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program for Caregivers of Advanced Stage Cancer Survivors (vMBSR(C)) Based on a Prototype Evaluation

Background/Purpose. Cancer caregivers (CG) often experience high distress and may benefit from a vMBSR(C) program. The purpose of this study was to redesign the program based on evaluation of the original prototype. Methods. In Phase 1 of Prototype testing, the vMBSR(C) program was redesigned based evaluation on the original program. First, six modules were redesigned to improve and modernize the format, revise guided videos, and scripts. Second, the research team reviewed completeness, aesthetics and organization of the modules and guided videos in planning for pilot testing among caregivers of advanced stage patients. Pilot testing will enable further evaluation of the program for usability, and acceptability. Caregivers will complete the ‘System Usability Scale’ (SUS) and ‘Acceptability E-Scale’ surveys through the web using Qualtrics. Positive and negative feedback on the modules will be reviewed to identify appropriate edits to be completed prior to Phase 2. Results. Six modules were reviewed and edited along with a recruitment and orientation module. These modules will be piloted among 10-15 caregivers of advanced stage cancer patients. Qualtrics data on acceptability and usability surveys will be collected with a demonstrated appropriate acceptability and usability scores. Recommendations for improvements based on redesign of the modules, including additional guided meditation practice will occur in this pilot plan. Conclusions and Implications. Assessing the usability, acceptability, and general physical appearance of the vMBSR(C) modules provide a protype process allowing the research team to initiate additional review and edits prior to the implementation of the intervention among CG of advanced-stage cancer patients.