Document Detail


Motives of cancer patients for using the internet to seek social support.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23320398     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The purpose of the study was to describe why Finnish cancer patients choose the internet as a source of social support. The data were collected in May 2010, using an online questionnaire with open-ended questions, through four discussion forums on the websites of the non-profit Cancer Society of Finland. Seventy-four adult patients with cancer participated. The data were analysed using inductive content analysis. The mean age of the participants was 53 years and they were predominantly women. The most common cancer was breast cancer and more than three quarters of the participants had suffered from cancer for less than 5 years. The initial stimuli to use the internet as a source of social support were the ease of communication and access to information as well as the need for emotional and informational support. The actual motives that drove the use of the internet as a source of social support were the requirements for information and peer support, internet technology, a lack of support outside the internet and the negative experiences caused by the illness. The fact that there is an enormous need for information as well as for emotional support and that cancer treatment in Finland is concentrated in major hospitals, to which cancer patients may travel a considerable distance, suggests that nurses should learn to make more frequent virtual contact with their patients.
Authors:
T Yli-Uotila; A Rantanen; T Suominen
Related Documents :
11157418 - Validity of self-reported cancer history: a comparison of health interview data and can...
11092218 - Continuous infusion of recombinant factor viia in hemophilic patients with inhibitors: ...
11822728 - Validity and completeness of registration of surgically treated malignant gynaecologica...
24558128 - A prospective observational study to examine the relationship between quality of life a...
20564648 - Incidence and time course of bleeding after long-term amenorrhea after breast cancer tr...
19765978 - Clinical and psychometric validation of the eortc qlq-cr29 questionnaire module to asse...
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of cancer care     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-2354     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Cancer Care (Engl)     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9301979     Medline TA:  Eur J Cancer Care (Engl)     Country:  -    
Other Details:
Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Copyright Information:
© 2013 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Affiliation:
Nursing Science, School of Health Sciences, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland.
Export Citation:
APA/MLA Format     Download EndNote     Download BibTex
MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine


Previous Document:  N-Chlorosuccinimide, an Efficient Reagent for On-Resin Disulfide Formation in Solid-Phase Peptide Sy...
Next Document:  Inhibition of monoamine oxidase A and stimulation of behavioural activities in mice by the inactive ...