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Keywords

Prostate cancer, Information needs, Information-seeking behaviors, Partners

 

Authors

  1. Echlin, Kezia N. BMedSci
  2. Rees, Charlotte E. BSc (Hons), PhD, PGCAP, CPsychol

Abstract

A critical review of the literature was carried out in the United Kingdom to identify the information needs and information-seeking behaviors of men with prostate cancer and their partners. Relevant papers published between 1990 and 2000 were reviewed and despite having several methodologic limitations, a number of conclusions can still be drawn from this review. First, men with prostate cancer have distinct information needs and information-seeking behaviors throughout their cancer journeys. Although there is considerable variation in the amount and type of information that men require, the majority of men with prostate cancer are satisfied with the information they receive. Second, although partners of men with prostate cancer have needs for information, these needs are often unmet. Partners undergo an information-seeking pattern that is comparable with, if not more active than, patients' information-seeking behaviors. These findings have a number of implications for cancer nursing practice and research, which are discussed in the article.