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Open Access The Searching, Processing, and Sharing of Breast Cancer Information by Women Diagnosed with the Illness La recherche, le traitement et le partage de l'information sur le cancer du sein par les femmes souffrant de cette maladie

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Abstract:

Most women diagnosed with breast cancer seek health-related information to cope with the demands of the illness. However, few studies have documented how women actually seek, process, and share cancer-related information. This qualitative study explores the process of managing cancer-related information from the perspective of 12 women with breast cancer. Three core components of information management (IM) emerged from the data: initial cancer-related informational triggers, emotional and behavioural reactions to the information, and the IM outcomes of feeling relieved, hopeful, supported, or distressed. According to the participants, IM is an ongoing process in which the choice to continue sharing cancer-related information with individuals depends on women's perceptions of how supportive they have been.

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La majorité des femmes auxquelles on a diagnostiqué un cancer du sein cherche à obtenir de l'information sur la santé pour faire face aux effets de la maladie. Cependant, peu d'études ont documenté la façon dont les femmes s'y prennent réellement pour chercher, traiter et partager l'information sur le cancer Cette étude qualitative explore le processus de gestion de l'information sur le cancer de la perspective de 12 femmes ayant le cancer du sein. Parmi les données, trois éléments principaux de la gestion de l'information (GI) ressortent : les déclencheurs d'information initiaux sur le cancer, les réactions émotionnelles et comportementales à l'information, et le sentiment de soulagement, d'espoir, de soutien ou de détresse résultant de la GI. Selon les participantes, la GI est un processus continu dans lequel le choix de continuer de partager l'information sur le cancer avec d'autres personnes dépend du soutien que cette information leur a apporté.

Keywords: BREAST CANCER; INFORMATION MANAGEMENT; INFORMATION NEEDS; INFORMATION-SEEKING BEHAVIOUR; PSYCHOSOCIAL ADJUSTMENT TO CANCER; SELF-DISCLOSURE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-09-01

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