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Who visits mobile UK services providing cancer information and support in the community?

Who visits mobile UK services providing cancer information and support in the community?
Who visits mobile UK services providing cancer information and support in the community?
Who visits mobile UK services providing cancer information and support in the community?People can access a variety of sources of information and support when they have questions about cancer according to their needs. There are various sources of information and support for cancer beyond the health-care setting. In this study, we set out to assess reasons for visiting two mobile cancer information and support services in the UK during 2006. Data were collected about each visitor by staff on the mobile services. The two mobiles travelled to 109 UK locations over a 7-month period. Fifty-nine per cent of visitors were women. Thirty-one per cent of visitors had (had) cancer; very few were still undergoing treatment. For 95% of visitors the visit had been spontaneous rather than pre-planned, and 89% of visits lasted <15 min. Most visitors required information or support for themselves, but a third requested information for someone else. A quarter of enquiries were about cancer prevention and early detection (e.g. screening, genetic testing, lifestyle). The mobiles appear to serve an important function in providing information and support in the community where visitors can drop in for an informal conversation with trained members of staff to ask questions and receive support in relation to cancer.
cancer, information, support, mobile, services, community
0961-5423
1-6
Foster, C
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Scott, I
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Addington-Hall, J
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Foster, C
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Scott, I
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Addington-Hall, J
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Foster, C, Scott, I and Addington-Hall, J (2009) Who visits mobile UK services providing cancer information and support in the community? European Journal of Cancer Care, 1-6.

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Who visits mobile UK services providing cancer information and support in the community?People can access a variety of sources of information and support when they have questions about cancer according to their needs. There are various sources of information and support for cancer beyond the health-care setting. In this study, we set out to assess reasons for visiting two mobile cancer information and support services in the UK during 2006. Data were collected about each visitor by staff on the mobile services. The two mobiles travelled to 109 UK locations over a 7-month period. Fifty-nine per cent of visitors were women. Thirty-one per cent of visitors had (had) cancer; very few were still undergoing treatment. For 95% of visitors the visit had been spontaneous rather than pre-planned, and 89% of visits lasted <15 min. Most visitors required information or support for themselves, but a third requested information for someone else. A quarter of enquiries were about cancer prevention and early detection (e.g. screening, genetic testing, lifestyle). The mobiles appear to serve an important function in providing information and support in the community where visitors can drop in for an informal conversation with trained members of staff to ask questions and receive support in relation to cancer.

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Published date: 22 June 2009
Keywords: cancer, information, support, mobile, services, community
Organisations: Faculty of Health Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 66909
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/66909
ISSN: 0961-5423
PURE UUID: 56d023d5-8df9-40ef-b35e-32e3e822eba9
ORCID for C Foster: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4703-8378

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Date deposited: 28 Jul 2009
Last modified: 13 Jun 2020 00:29

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Author: C Foster ORCID iD
Author: I Scott

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