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“I just googled and read everything”: Exploring breast cancer survivors’ use of the internet to find information on complementary medicine

“I just googled and read everything”: Exploring breast cancer survivors’ use of the internet to find information on complementary medicine
“I just googled and read everything”: Exploring breast cancer survivors’ use of the internet to find information on complementary medicine
Objective: breast cancer survivors often turn to the internet as an information resource when deciding whether to use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) but their use of online CAM-related resources is poorly understood. The objective was to explore breast cancer survivors’ use of the internet when making decisions about CAM use.

Design: a purposive sample of 11 breast cancer survivors (mean age = 56) completed a quantitative questionnaire and a qualitative telephone interview. The theory of planned behaviour (TPB) was used to guide interview questions. Framework analysis and descriptive statistics were used.

Setting: United Kingdom.

Results: all participants found information on CAM using the internet and used some form of CAM after their diagnosis. Themes from the interviews went beyond the standard definitions of the TPB areas. Despite the lack of approval from their social network and healthcare team, participants used the internet to find information on CAM. Further, participants’ cancer diagnosis changed their needs, transforming how they perceived and experienced the internet

Conclusions: participants’ use of the internet was more complex than can easily be explained by the TPB and was inherently connected to the experience of self-management for the consequences of cancer and its treatment. As breast cancer survivors may not disclose their use of the internet to their healthcare team, healthcare professionals need to be aware that the information available on the internet plays a factor in the decision-making process to use CAM.
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Holmes, Michelle M.
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Bishop, Felicity
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Calman, Lynn
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Holmes, Michelle M.
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Bishop, Felicity
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Calman, Lynn
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Holmes, Michelle M., Bishop, Felicity and Calman, Lynn (2017) “I just googled and read everything”: Exploring breast cancer survivors’ use of the internet to find information on complementary medicine. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 33, 78-84. (doi:10.1016/j.ctim.2017.06.007).

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Abstract

Objective: breast cancer survivors often turn to the internet as an information resource when deciding whether to use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) but their use of online CAM-related resources is poorly understood. The objective was to explore breast cancer survivors’ use of the internet when making decisions about CAM use.

Design: a purposive sample of 11 breast cancer survivors (mean age = 56) completed a quantitative questionnaire and a qualitative telephone interview. The theory of planned behaviour (TPB) was used to guide interview questions. Framework analysis and descriptive statistics were used.

Setting: United Kingdom.

Results: all participants found information on CAM using the internet and used some form of CAM after their diagnosis. Themes from the interviews went beyond the standard definitions of the TPB areas. Despite the lack of approval from their social network and healthcare team, participants used the internet to find information on CAM. Further, participants’ cancer diagnosis changed their needs, transforming how they perceived and experienced the internet

Conclusions: participants’ use of the internet was more complex than can easily be explained by the TPB and was inherently connected to the experience of self-management for the consequences of cancer and its treatment. As breast cancer survivors may not disclose their use of the internet to their healthcare team, healthcare professionals need to be aware that the information available on the internet plays a factor in the decision-making process to use CAM.

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Accepted/In Press date: 26 June 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 27 June 2017

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Local EPrints ID: 412197
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/412197
ISSN: 0965-2299
PURE UUID: 1818cbed-5126-47f2-a769-81fa53eaae9f
ORCID for Felicity Bishop: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8737-6662
ORCID for Lynn Calman: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9964-6017

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Date deposited: 13 Jul 2017 16:31
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 05:00

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