Efficacy, cost-utility and reach of an eHealth self-management application 'Oncokompas' that helps cancer survivors to obtain optimal supportive care: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Anja van der Hout, Cornelia F. van Uden-Kraan, Birgit I. Witte, Veerle M.H. Coupé, Femke Jansen, C. René Leemans, Pim Cuijpers, Lonneke V. van de Poll-Franse, Irma M. Verdonck-de Leeuw

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Background: Cancer survivors have to deal with a wide range of physical symptoms, psychological, social and existential concerns, and lifestyle issues related to cancer and its treatment. Therefore, it is essential that they have access to optimal supportive care services. The eHealth self-management application Oncokompas was developed to support cancer survivors with where they need to turn to for advice and guidance, as well as to increase their knowledge on the availability of optimal support. A randomised controlled trial will be conducted to assess the efficacy, cost-utility and reach of Oncokompas as an eHealth self-management application compared with care as usual among cancer survivors. Methods/design: Adult cancer survivors diagnosed with breast, colorectal or head and neck cancer or lymphoma who are at 3 months to 5 years since curative treatment will be included. In total, 544 cancer survivors will be randomly assigned to the intervention group or a wait-list control group. The primary outcome measure is patient activation. Secondary outcome measures include self-efficacy, personal control, perceived patient-physician interaction, need for supportive care, mental adjustment to cancer and health-related quality of life. Furthermore, cost-utility outcomes will be assessed. Reach is defined as the percentage of cancer survivors who get access to Oncokompas within the context of this trial. Questionnaires will be administered at baseline, post-intervention and at 3- and 6-month follow-up. Discussion: In this study, we will evaluate the efficacy and cost-utility of Oncokompas among cancer survivors, as well as the reach of Oncokompas. These are essential first steps in the translation of research into practice and contribute to sustainable adoption, implementation and maintenance of an evidence-based Oncokompas. Trial registration: Netherlands Trial Register identifier: NTR5774. Registered on 8 March 2016.

Original languageEnglish
Article number228
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2017


  • Cancer survivors
  • Cancer survivors, eHealth application, Self-management, Patient activation, Supportive care
  • EHealth application
  • Patient activation
  • Self-management
  • Supportive care

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