Evaluation of WebEase: An epilepsy self-management Web site

Colleen DiIorio, Cam Escoffery, Frances McCarty, Katherine A. Yeager, Thomas R. Henry, Archana Koganti, Elizabeth L. Reisinger, Bethany Wexler

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Abstract

People with epilepsy have various education needs and must adopt many self-management behaviors in order to control their condition. This study evaluates WebEase, an Internet-based, theory-driven, self-management program for adults with epilepsy. Thirty-five participants took part in a 6-week pilot implementation of WebEase. The main components of WebEase are My Log, a behavioral journal, and the Medication, Stress and Sleep Modules, which provide tailored information and feedback designed to prompt participants to assess their status with self-management behaviors, think about their behaviors and make a goal. In this article, we discuss the results of the feasibility, acceptability and usability assessments and the behavioral outcomes. The process results indicate that theoretical components that served as the program framework were successfully integrated into the program and that participants viewed WebEase as relevant, acceptable and easy to use. Additionally, participants showed some improvement in epilepsy self-management, adherence, sleep quality, self-efficacy and social support following the program. The initial results are encouraging and continued development of WebEase has the potential to facilitate education and self-management strategies among people with epilepsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-197
Number of pages13
JournalHealth education research
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2009

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding was made possible by cooperative agreement # U48 DP 000043 for the Emory Prevention Research Center from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The contents of this article are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.

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