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J Health Info Stat 2011;36(1):51-62.
암전문가와 가정의의 암환자 케어를 위한 암정보 필요에 대한 연구
서화정 , 강세나 , 이명희 , 장윤정
Cancer Information Needs for Cancer Patient Care of Oncologists and Family Physicians
Hwa Jeong Seo , Se Na Kang , Myung Hee Lee , Yoon Jung Chang
Both oncologists and family physicians have involved in care of cancer patients, and their knowledge and attitudes towards cancer influence cancer patient care. This study aims to compare knowledge, attitudes, and practice of cancer care between oncologists and family physicians.
Total 102 questions related to cancer information needs and experiences of cancer patient cancer were asked to members of Korean Cancer Association and Korean Academy of Family Medicine through an email.
There were total 174 oncologists and 326 family physicians participated in the study, and their mean age and experience of practice were 43 and 37.2 respectively. Oncologists and family physician had different attitudes and preference regarding patients` informational needs related to ``adverse effects of chemotherapy`` and ``disease management other than cancer.`` It was statistically significant (P < 0.05). In addition, usage of cancer information was significantly different between the groups. They used ``cancer diagnosis and treatment guideline``, ``updated knowledge and experts opinion``, ``results of outcome studies``, and ``continuing education for cancer management`` information differently.
This study was to investigate necessity and the importance of cancer information among oncologists and family physicians. Results of this study would be good reference for developing a database of cancer information for oncologists and family physicians so they could use cancer related information efficiently.
Key words: Cancer patient care, Cancer information need, Oncologists, Family physician
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