Amsterdam School of Communication Research / ASCoR

How to effectively tailor website information to older cancer patients’ mode preferences: A Randomized Controlled Trial

PhD Student: Hao Nguyen MSc


In this PhD project we focus on how online information should be presented to older cancer patients. In a randomized controlled trial, we investigate the effects of exposure to a website that is tailored to colorectal cancer patients’ mode preferences (offering choices between text only, text with illustrations, video or a combination of these modes) as compared to exposure to a website presenting the information in a standardized, fixed manner without offering choices (i.e. either text only, text with illustrations, or video).

We particularly focus on differences between older (≥ 65 year) and younger (< 65 year) patients, taking into account both age and age-related factors. The primary outcome is distress before and after the consultations with health professionals. Secondary outcomes are communication during the consultations (immediate endpoints); patients’ evaluation of the communication and information recall (intermediate endpoints); perceived quality of the decision making process and quality of care (longer term endpoints).

Ultimately, we aim to establish theory- and evidence-based guidance for optimal information provision to older cancer patients.

  • Prof. J.C.M. (Julia) van Weert

    Supervisor | T: 0205252091

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Published by  ASCoR

6 November 2017