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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4642

Title: Use of the Internet by Women with Breast Cancer
Authors: Fogel, Joshua
Albert, Steven M
Schnabel, Freya
Ditkoff, Beth Ann
Neugut, Alfred I
Keywords: Original Paper
breast cancer
Issue Date: 22-Nov-2002
Publisher: Gunther Eysenbach; Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, Toronto, Canada
Citation: Joshua Fogel, Steven M Albert, Freya Schnabel, Beth Ann Ditkoff, Alfred I Neugut. Use of the Internet by Women with Breast Cancer. J Med Internet Res 2002;4(2):e9 <URL: http://www.jmir.org/2002/2/e9/>
Abstract: [This item is a preserved copy and is not necessarily the most recent version. To view the current item, visit http://www.jmir.org/2002/2/e9/ ] Background: Recently, many cancer patients have been using the Internet for information with which to make informed choices. We are not aware of any studies that investigate this Internet use among breast cancer patients or women. Objective: We investigate the prevalence and predictors of Internet use for medical information among women with breast cancer. Methods: We used a cross-sectional design and approached 251 women with breast cancer being treated at a university-based hospital. We successfully interviewed 188 (74.9%), through mailed self-report questionnaires. Medical information was obtained from the hospital tumor registry. We used t tests and chi-square tests to assess differences in Internet use for breast health issues and binary logistic regression to estimate the odds ratio (OR) for predictors of Internet use for breast health issues. Results: In our sample, 41.5% of patients used the Internet for medical information. Internet users differed from nonusers on income level, educational level, and by race/ethnicity. After controlling for the other predictors, Internet users had a higher income (OR = 3.10; 95% CI = 1.09-8.85) and tended to be more educated (OR = 2.59; 95% CI = 0.87-7.74) than nonusers. There was also a suggestion that those of nonwhite ethnicity were less likely to use the Internet (OR = 0.39; 95% CI = 0.14-1.11). Increasing age, length of time since diagnosis, and breast cancer stage had no effect. Conclusions: A substantial proportion of breast cancer patients used the Internet as a source of information. Patients with higher income or education, and patients of white race/ethnicity are more likely to use the Internet for breast health issues.
Description: Reviewer: Oh, H
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4642
ISSN: 1438-8871
Other Identifiers: doi:10.2196/jmir.4.2.e9
Rights: Copyright (cc) Retained by author(s) under a Creative Commons License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
Appears in Collections:Volume 4 (2002)

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