Online counseling via e-mail for breast cancer patients on the German internet: preliminary results of a psychoeducational intervention

Niklas David, Peter Schlenker, Uwe Prudlo & Wolfgang Larbig
Objectives: The internet offers new possibilities in psychosocial patient care. However, empirical data are lacking for oncological patients. A field-experimental study was conducted to obtain initial data to enable evaluation of the effectiveness of online counseling via e-mail for breast cancer patients. A secondary objective was to explore how patients reached by the service can be characterized on psychosocial status and illness. Methods: On a dedicated German-language website, 235 breast cancer patients registered for psychosocial...