Class, race, ethnicity and information needs in post-treatment cancer patients.
SourcePatient Education and Counseling, 85, 3, (2011), pp. 432-9
01 december 2011
Article / Letter to editor
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Patient Education and Counseling
SubjectNCEBP 4: Quality of hospital and integrated care
OBJECTIVE: Health information-seeking behaviors (HISBs) are associated with active participation in cancer care decisions which, in turn, may positively impact health outcomes. The goal of this study was to develop a taxonomy of topics for which post-treatment cancer patients sought information, and to explore HISB patterns by sociodemographic factors and cancer type. METHODS: We examined how health information seeking is associated with social determinants in a survey of 521 post-treatment cancer patients. RESULTS: Four major topics of interest were found: disease/treatment, self-care management, health services, and work/finance. Assessment of the relationship between social determinants and these four topics showed associations for (1) HISBs on disease/treatment topics decreased with age and increased with education; (2) HISBs on self-care management increased with education and varied by cancer type; (3) HISBs on health services increased with education; and (4) HISBs on work/finance decreased with age and wealth, but increased with debt. CONCLUSION: These results demonstrate one pathway through which social determinants may drive communication inequalities, which may result in increased disparities in health outcomes. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Further exploration of the relationship between social determinants and information-seeking among post-treatment cancer patients may contribute to the development of strategies to reduce health disparities.
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