Evaluation of an educational website for parents of children with ADHD

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/620705
Title:
Evaluation of an educational website for parents of children with ADHD
Authors:
Ryan, Gemma Sinead; Haroon, Munib; Melvin, Gail
Abstract:
Introduction ADHD is a relatively common neuro-developmental condition characterized by hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention. The provision of timely and accurate information about the condition and about strategies to manage it is vital especially because of widespread misconceptions about it. Aim To see the effect of an educational website on (i) parental perceptions (ii) knowledge levels, and to obtain feedback to optimise user-experience. Method Parents whose children had ADHD (or were close to diagnosis) were recruited. Following a 30-item baseline knowledge test parents/carers were directed to an educational website on ADHD. After this they were re-contacted for follow up testing and feedback. Results n = 172, 14 were lost to follow up. Ninety-one (59.4 %) participants were known to have accessed the website at follow up. The majority of carers accessed the website just once or twice (32.7%). Of those who did not access the website 65% cited a lack of time as the reason while 29% cited they were unable to access the internet at the time. The majority (74%) of those accessing the site were just browsing for general information. Parents showed increased knowledge post website use p = 0.000. Of those accessing the website the majority (85.5%) felt it was relevant to them and would use it again (90.8%). Content analysis of open-ended feedback identified eight core themes including website appearance, content, functionality, perceptions, target audience, usability, usage patterns with areas for improvement noted in four areas. Conclusion Websites can be used as an adjunct to information given at clinic. Although a majority of parents will access them, there are still barriers to access e.g. time. Websites do seem to improve parent/carer knowledge levels.
Affiliation:
University of Derby; Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
Citation:
Ryan, G, Haroon, M, & Melvin, G 2015, 'Evaluation of an educational website for parents of children with ADHD', International Journal Of Medical Informatics, 84, pp. 974-981
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
International Journal of Medical Informatics
Issue Date:
26-Jul-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/620705
Additional Links:
http://www.ijmijournal.com/article/S1386-5056(15)30024-1/fulltext
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1386-5056
Sponsors:
Shire AG International (funders); Sponsor: Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
Appears in Collections:
University of Derby Online (UDOL)

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dc.contributor.authorRyan, Gemma Sineaden
dc.contributor.authorHaroon, Muniben
dc.contributor.authorMelvin, Gailen
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-08T10:10:50Z-
dc.date.available2016-11-08T10:10:50Z-
dc.date.issued2015-07-26-
dc.identifier.citationRyan, G, Haroon, M, & Melvin, G 2015, 'Evaluation of an educational website for parents of children with ADHD', International Journal Of Medical Informatics, 84, pp. 974-981en
dc.identifier.issn1386-5056-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/620705-
dc.description.abstractIntroduction ADHD is a relatively common neuro-developmental condition characterized by hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention. The provision of timely and accurate information about the condition and about strategies to manage it is vital especially because of widespread misconceptions about it. Aim To see the effect of an educational website on (i) parental perceptions (ii) knowledge levels, and to obtain feedback to optimise user-experience. Method Parents whose children had ADHD (or were close to diagnosis) were recruited. Following a 30-item baseline knowledge test parents/carers were directed to an educational website on ADHD. After this they were re-contacted for follow up testing and feedback. Results n = 172, 14 were lost to follow up. Ninety-one (59.4 %) participants were known to have accessed the website at follow up. The majority of carers accessed the website just once or twice (32.7%). Of those who did not access the website 65% cited a lack of time as the reason while 29% cited they were unable to access the internet at the time. The majority (74%) of those accessing the site were just browsing for general information. Parents showed increased knowledge post website use p = 0.000. Of those accessing the website the majority (85.5%) felt it was relevant to them and would use it again (90.8%). Content analysis of open-ended feedback identified eight core themes including website appearance, content, functionality, perceptions, target audience, usability, usage patterns with areas for improvement noted in four areas. Conclusion Websites can be used as an adjunct to information given at clinic. Although a majority of parents will access them, there are still barriers to access e.g. time. Websites do seem to improve parent/carer knowledge levels.en
dc.description.sponsorshipShire AG International (funders); Sponsor: Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trusten
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.ijmijournal.com/article/S1386-5056(15)30024-1/fulltexten
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en
dc.subjectAttention deficit / hyperactivity disorderen
dc.subjectEducational websiteen
dc.subjectParent educationen
dc.subjectInterneten
dc.titleEvaluation of an educational website for parents of children with ADHDen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.contributor.departmentLeicestershire Partnership NHS Trusten
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Medical Informaticsen
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