Information needs and sources of information for women with breast cancer: a follow-up study

J Adv Nurs. 1996 Mar;23(3):487-95. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.1996.tb00010.x.


This paper reports a study which examined the specific information needs and sources of information for 105 women with breast cancer at two time points, the time of diagnosis and a mean of 21 months from diagnosis. At diagnosis the priority information needs concerned survival issues. Further from diagnosis survival issues were still a concern, but information about the risk to family members of getting breast cancer showed a significant increase in importance. Information about sexual attractiveness was ranked last at both the newly diagnosed and follow-up stages. Information sources at the time of diagnosis centred around the specialist breast care service, while further from diagnosis few professional or voluntary sector sources were utilized, with women receiving most of their information from media sources such as women's magazines. The relevance of these findings for nurses and other health care professionals is discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Breast Neoplasms* / nursing
  • Breast Neoplasms* / psychology
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Health Services Needs and Demand*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Nurse Clinicians
  • Patient Care Team
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Self-Help Groups
  • United Kingdom