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Keywords

Chronic illness, Computer literacy, Consumer health informatics, Consumer participation, Psychosocial, Rural health, Support, Women's health

 

Authors

  1. HILL, WADE G. PhD, RN
  2. WEINERT, CLARANN SC, PhD, RN, FAAN

Abstract

Managing chronic illness in the isolation of rural environments is challenging for women who lack access to personal sources of social support and health information. The Women to Women project was designed to provide chronically ill rural women access to support and health information via electronic means. This article reports on the acquisition of computer skills, the perceptions of importance of various aspects of the intervention, and an assessment of women's overall satisfaction with participation in the research project. Findings indicate that the women's self-ratings of computer skills improved significantly over the 22-week intervention and that highly interactive features of the project were rated as most important by the participants. Overall, women found the program beneficial in assisting them to better manage their chronic illness.