Family Caregiver Resource of Maui County: A Usability Study

Session Description
Self-care is the active practice of preserving or improving one’s health. Family caregivers, usually informal, non-health care professionals caring for a loved one, often overlook self-care while providing care. Such oversight potentially leads to exhaustion, stress, burnout, and illness. The purpose of this usability study was to create a resource website to curate existing family caregiver resources relevant to caregivers and supporters of cancer patients. Serving the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lāna`i, the resource site aimed to facilitate connection to local and online family caregiver resources, and reduce online research time for family caregivers, often overwhelmed with responsibilities. A user-centric (U/X) design approach was utilized to design a site responsive to mobile users. The objective of this usability study was to assess the resource site’s ease-of-use, the perceived value of the site, and to assess the feelings of user self-efficacy after use of the resource site. Twelve participants assessed the navigability of the site and the value of the content. Verbal feedback from participants during the study and data from post-usability surveys indicated that participants found the responsive site moderately easy to navigate, found high value in the content, and expressed high levels of confidence in understanding self-care after completion of the usability study.
Melanie Chan-Vinoray
Melanie Chan-Vinoray, University of Hawaii at Manoa, HI
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area by naturalized U.S. citizens, Melanie Chan-Vinoray was the first in her family to earn a Bachelor’s degree. After earning a B.A. in American Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, she served two years in the Americorps National Service Program, working to increase academic achievement in a public school in Oakland, CA. Committed to serving historically and systemically underserved communities through the field of education, Melanie completed a state-approved secondary teacher preparation program at San Francisco State University to continue her work as an educator in public schools. Her commitment as a classroom teacher brought Melanie to Maui, HI, a decade ago. She continues to serve as a middle school teacher in the Hawai’i public school system and strives to spark students’ interests and passions in the classroom. Melanie’s studies in the LTEC graduate program will directly benefit public school students and has also provided her time for immense personal development. She is a second-year graduate student in the College of Education’s online LTEC program at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.
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