Brief Report: Web-based Management of Adolescent Chronic Pain: Development and Usability Testing of an Online Family Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program

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Abstract

Objectives

This study evaluates the usability and feasibility of a Web-based intervention (Web-MAP) to deliver cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to adolescents with chronic pain and their parents.

Methods

The Web site was evaluated in two stages. In stage one, recovered adolescents and parents (n=5 dyads), who had completed office-based CBT through a pediatric pain management clinic, completed ratings of Web site content, usability, appearance, and theme. In stage two, treatment-seeking adolescents and their parents (n=6 dyads) completed the full-length Web program. Program usage data were obtained to assess interaction with the Web site.

Results

Participants rated moderate to strong acceptability of the program. Usage data indicated that participants interacted with the site and used communication features.

Conclusions

Feedback from usability testing provided important information in the process of designing a feasible Web-based treatment for adolescents with chronic pain for use in a randomized controlled trial.

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