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Volume :44 Issue : 1 2016      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Seeking Health Information in Context: An Examination Cancer Patients' Information Seeking Behavior in Kuwait

Auther : Elham A. Aldousari

 The aim of this study was to explore the self-reported information needs and information-seeking behaviour of cancer patients in Kuwait. Data were collected from 440 cancer patients using a paper-based questionnaire. Cancer patients wished to be provided with information immediately after diagnosis. Patients mostly wanted information about their disease and prognosis. Physicians and the internet were the most frequently used sources by cancer patients in seeking information. Females and Cancer patients with University degrees were more likely than other groups to obtain their information from the Internet. Cancer patients experienced difficulties when seeking information related due to the lack of help from health care providers in providing information and the inconsistency of information on the internet. Cancer patients expressed a need for services such as health education and provision of information from the Kuwaiti Ministry of Health website. Seeking health information among cancer patients is context oriented.
Key words: Health information seeking, Cancer patients, Kuwait-health.

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