Acceptability and feasibility of an e-mental health intervention for parents of childhood cancer survivors: “Cascade”
The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of “Cascade”: an online, group-based, cognitive behavioral therapy intervention, delivered “live” by a psychologist, to assist parents of children who have completed cancer treatment.
Forty-seven parents were randomized to Cascade (n = 25) or a 6-month waitlist (n = 22). Parents completed questionnaires at baseline, 1–2 weeks and 6 months post-intervention. Thirty parents completed full evaluations of the Cascade program (n = 21 randomized to Cascade, n = 9 completed Cascade post-waitlist).
Ninety-six percent of Cascade participants completed the intervention (n = 24/25). Eighty percent of parents completed every questionnaire (mean completion time 25 min (SD = 12)). Cascade was described as at least “somewhat” helpful by all parents. None rated Cascade as “very/quite” burdensome. Parents reported that the “online format was easy to use” (n = 28, 93.3 %), “I learnt new skills” (n = 28, 93.3 %), and “I enjoyed talking to others” (n = 29, 96.7 %). Peer-to-peer benefits were highlighted by good group cohesion scores.
Cascade is highly acceptable and feasible. Its online delivery mechanism may address inequities in post-treatment support for parents, a particularly acute concern for rural/remote families. Future research needs to establish the efficacy of the intervention.
KeywordsCancer and oncology Coping skills and adjustment Parents Computer applications/eHealth
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