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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 375-381

Assessment of Information Needs of Patients with Breast Cancer: A Hospital-Based Study in Sri Lanka

1 Medical Library, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Maharagama, Sri Lanka
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Maharagama, Sri Lanka
3 World Health Organization Country Office, Maharagama, Sri Lanka
4 National Cancer Institute, Maharagama, Sri Lanka

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PhD, MSc, MPhil, BSc Daya Chandrani Kuruppu
Medical Library, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Colombo 08
Sri Lanka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/apjon.apjon_23_20

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Objective: This study assessed the information needs of breast cancer (BC) patients who presented themselves to the outpatient clinics or wards of the National Cancer Institute, Maharagama, Sri Lanka. Methods: Information needs were measured using the validated questionnaire in the vernacular (Sri Lankan Information Needs Assessment Questionnaire – BC). Results: All affected women indicated a strong need for information related to the disease, treatment, and psychosocial service while the need for information on procedures for diagnosis and physical care was not strong. Younger women (age ≤37) (P < 0.0001) and women with higher education (P < 0.0001) had significantly higher information needs. Conclusions: The results indicated that information needs to be addressed in educational packages require that younger women and those with higher education have specific needs.

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