• 1 Introduction
  • 2 Potentials of VCs for patients
  • 2.1 Information-related potentials
  • 2.2 Interactivity-related potentials
  • 3 General conditions and circumstances for cancer patients
  • 3.1 Needs of cancer patients
  • 3.2 Legal framework for internet-based medical services in Germany
  • 4 Central design elements of a VC for patients – the case ofkrebsgemeinschaft.de
  • 4.1 Information services
  • 4.2 Functionalities
  • 4.3 Trust supporting components
  • 4.4 Usability
  • 4.5 Accessibility
  • 5 Evaluation of the systematic design of krebsgemeinschaft.de –addressing acceptance, utility and trust
  • 5.1 Evaluation criteria and methods
  • 5.2 Empirical findings
  • 5 Discussion and Conclusion
  • 6 References