Journal article

Examining the accessibility of high-quality physical activity behaviour change support freely available online for men with prostate cancer

Camille E Short, Charlotte Gelder, Lena Binnewerg, Megan McIntosh, Deborah Turnbull



BACKGROUND: While the internet is considered a promising avenue for providing physical activity support to prostate cancer survivors, little is known about the accessibility of quality websites in the real world. PURPOSE: This work aimed to explore what websites prostate cancer survivors are likely to find when seeking physical activity support online and to evaluate their quality using evidenced-based criteria. METHOD: A search strategy was developed in consultation with prostate cancer survivors (n = 44) to reflect the most common ways they are likely to search the internet. The search was then conducted by a single reviewer, and identified websites were assessed for quality by two reviewe..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

CES, CG and MM were supported by the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's health to conduct this research. CES was also supported by an Early Career Researcher Fellowship (ID 1090517) from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. LB was supported by a PROMOS scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service. In addition to this financial support, the authors would like to acknowledge Dr. Henry Woo (Associate Professor of Surgery at Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School, University of Sydney), the Pathfinder registry and staff, the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health and Cancer Council South Australia for their assistance in recruiting participants. Finally, we thank greatly the prostate cancer survivors that volunteered their time to complete the online survey.