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Creating Patient and Family Education Web Sites: Assuring Accessibility and Usability Standards

YADRICH, DONNA MACAN MPA, CCRP; FITZGERALD, SHARON A. MPH; WERKOWITCH, MARILYN RN, BSN; SMITH, CAROL E. PhD, RN

CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/NCN.0b013e3182343eac
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Abstract

This article gives details about the methods and processes used to ensure that usability and accessibility were achieved during development of the Home Parenteral Nutrition Family Caregivers Web site, an evidence-based health education Web site for the family members and caregivers of chronically ill patients. This article addresses comprehensive definitions of usability and accessibility and illustrates Web site development according to Section 508 standards and the national Health and Human Services’ Research-Based Web Design and Usability Guidelines requirements.

Author Information

Author Affiliations: Home Parenteral Nutrition (Ms Yadrich); School of Nursing, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (Dr Smith); (Mss Fitzgerald and Werkowitch), University of Kansas, KS.

Disclaimer: The project described is part of a larger study supported by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) grants NR040494 and NR09078 and the Kansas Research Institute grant G5581027: C. Smith, PI. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NINR, the National Institutes of Health, or the Kansas Research Institute.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

Corresponding author: Sharon A. Fitzgerald, MPH, School of Nursing, University of Kansas Medical Center, 3901 Rainbow Blvd, Mail Stop 4043, Kansas City, KS 66160 (sfitzgerald@kumc.edu).

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