OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to develop a web-based gout self-management program that can be applicable to each gout stage and to evaluate the validity of the developed program.
METHODS: A web-based gout self-management program was developed and evaluated in 5 stages: analysis (needs assessment on 60 gout patients and content analysis through a systematic review of literature and websites), design, development, implementation, and evaluation.
RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: The gout-related information section was structured with overview, causes, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, progress, treatments, and complications. The self-management section consisted of diet/nutrition, weight control, alcohol management, exercise, and pain and stress management. The program included bulletin board and expert section to promote bidirectional interactions between program users and providers. Self-assessment tool of gout stages and self-management checklist were provided. Program contents and ease of site navigation (http://goutin.kr) were found to be appropriate and satisfactory to both patient and expert groups.
HyunSoo Oh, PhD, RN, Professor, Department of Nursing, Inha University, Incheon, Republic of Korea.
JiSuk Park, MSN, RN, Doctoral student, Department of Nursing, Inha University, Incheon; Nurse, Inha University Hospital, Incheon, Republic of Korea.
WhaSook Seo, PhD, RN, Professor, Department of Nursing, Inha University, Incheon, Republic of Korea.
The authors have disclosed that they have no financial interests to any commercial company related to this educational activity.