Development of the Electronic Social Network Assessment Program Using the Center for eHealth and Wellbeing Research Roadmap


BACKGROUND The number of Web-based psychological and behavioral interventions is growing. Beyond their theoretical underpinnings, a key factor to the success of these interventions is how they are designed and developed to ensure usability over a new method of delivery. Our team has adapted ecomapping, a tool for visualizing family caregiver social network resources, for the Web. Here, we describe how we designed and developed the electronic Social Network Assessment Program (eSNAP) Web-based tool using a framework of the Center for eHealth and Wellbeing Research (CeHRes) Roadmap for Web-based intervention development. The CeHRes Roadmap is still new in terms of tool development and we showcase an example of its application. OBJECTIVE The aim of our study was to provide an example of the application of the Web-based intervention development process using the CeHRes Roadmap for other research teams to follow. In doing so, we are also sharing our pilot work to enhance eSNAP's acceptance and usability for users and the feasibility of its implementation. METHODS We describe the development of the eSNAP app to support family caregivers of neuro-oncology patients. This development is based on the 5 iterative stages of the CeHRes Roadmap: contextual inquiry, value specification, design, operationalization, and summative evaluation. Research activities to support eSNAP development prior to implementation included literature review, focus groups, and iterative rounds of interviews. RESULTS Key lessons learned in developing the eSNAP app broadly fell under a theme of translating theoretical needs and ideas to the real world. This included how to prioritize needs to be addressed at one time, how the modality of delivery may change design requirements, and how to develop a tool to fit within the context it will be used. CONCLUSIONS Using the CeHRes Roadmap to develop Web-based interventions such as eSNAP helps to address potential issues by outlining important intervention development milestones. In addition, by encouraging inclusion of users and other stakeholders in the process, Web-based intervention developers using the Roadmap can identify what will work in the real world and increase feasibility and effectiveness.

DOI: 10.2196/humanfactors.7845

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@inproceedings{Reblin2017DevelopmentOT, title={Development of the Electronic Social Network Assessment Program Using the Center for eHealth and Wellbeing Research Roadmap}, author={Maija Reblin and Yelena P Wu and Justin Pok and Lauren Kane and Howard Colman and Adam L. Cohen and Eduardo Gonz{\'a}lez Mend{\'i}vil and Echo L Warner and Miriah Meyer and James Agutter}, booktitle={JMIR human factors}, year={2017} }