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Understanding breast-cancer patients’ perceptions: Health information-seeking behaviour and passive information receipt

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dc.contributor.author Radina, Elise en_US
dc.contributor.author Longo, Daniel en_US
dc.contributor.author Ge, Bin en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-07T17:46:38Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-07-10T15:10:13Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-07T17:46:38Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-07-10T15:10:13Z
dc.date.issued 2011-06-07 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Communication in Healthcare, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 184–206. en_US
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dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2374.MIA/4435 en_US
dc.description.abstract It is critical to understand patients’ information use from the patient perspective, especially when patients are from different cultures and levels of health literacy. A cross-sectional survey supplemented with interviews of breast cancer survivors including both Latina and non- Latina women was undertaken. Subjects were classified as active information seekers, passive information receivers, and/or users of information. Subjects were further classified by stage of information use, progressing from unawareness or awareness of available information to use or non-use of information to make health decisions. Information sources used and use patterns were examined. Most were active information seekers; many were also passive receivers. Healthcare providers remain the primary information source. Interpersonal communication was far more often cited than either the internet or traditional print and broadcast media. Important cross-cultural differences were found. This study provides insight into how patients use actively sought and passively received information. Despite dramatic growth of the internet and other new media, healthcare providers currently remain keys to health information. Findings may help develop more successful communication strategies when viewed in light of the National Cancer Institute’s ‘Making Health Communication Programs Work’ and the four stages it proposes. It is hoped that future work will focus on evidence-based methods to improve health communication, especially for vulnerable populations. A major lesson learned is the importance of understanding where patients decided to seek information outside the traditional provideroriented approach taken in many health education programmes. en_US
dc.subject health communication en_US
dc.subject breast cancer en_US
dc.subject patient preferences en_US
dc.subject health information en_US
dc.title Understanding breast-cancer patients’ perceptions: Health information-seeking behaviour and passive information receipt en_US
dc.date.published 2009 en_US


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