Supportive Care in Cancer

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 361–368 | Cite as

Development and evaluation of an audiovisual information resource to promote self-management of chemotherapy side-effects

  • Mariko Carey
  • Michael Jefford
  • Penelope Schofield
  • Siobhan Kelly
  • Meinir Krishnasamy
  • Sanchia Aranda
Original Article


Based on a theoretical framework, we developed an audiovisual resource to promote self-management of eight common chemotherapy side-effects. A patient needs analysis identified content domains, best evidence for preparing patients for threatening medical procedures and a systematic review of effective self-care strategies informed script content. Patients and health professionals were invited to complete a written evaluation of the video. A 25-min video was produced. Fifty health professionals and 37 patients completed the evaluation. All considered the video informative and easy to understand. The majority believed the video would reduce anxiety and help patients prepare for chemotherapy. Underpinned by a robust theoretical framework, we have developed an evidence-based resource that is perceived by both patients and health professionals as likely to enhance preparedness for chemotherapy.


Cancer Chemotherapy Video Patient education Self-management 


This project was supported by a grant from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation. We also wish to thank the volunteers from the Cancer Connect program and The Cancer Council of Victoria for assisting with this project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mariko Carey
    • 1
  • Michael Jefford
    • 1
  • Penelope Schofield
    • 1
    • 2
  • Siobhan Kelly
    • 1
  • Meinir Krishnasamy
    • 1
    • 3
  • Sanchia Aranda
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Supportive Care Research GroupPeter MacCallum Cancer CentreVictoriaAustralia
  2. 2.School of Behavioural ScienceThe University of MelbourneVictoriaAustralia
  3. 3.School of NursingThe University of MelbourneVictoriaAustralia
  4. 4.School of Postgraduate NursingThe University of MelbourneVictoriaAustralia

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