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The Wants and Needs of Older Cancer Survivors When Searching for Online Social Support

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dc.contributor.author Fraser, Kathryn
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-06T14:04:35Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-06T14:04:35Z
dc.date.issued 2011-09-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10222/14193
dc.description.abstract In recent years, the Internet has emerged as a popular tool for providing social support to chronically-ill populations. However, research is limited in understanding the distinct needs of older cancer survivors who are less comfortable with Internet technology than younger generations. In this qualitative study, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 cancer survivors over age 50. Thematic analysis was used to help understand their wants and needs when using the Internet for social support. Four main themes were found: 1) the need to take charge of health outcomes, 2) the benefits of knowing they are not alone in their cancer journey, 3) how to maximize online resources for cancer support, and 4) how the spirit of survivorship is imperative for quality of life. These findings can be used to guide the delivery of online social support interventions, as well as facilitate easy access to such interventions by older cancer survivors. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject online en_US
dc.subject social support en_US
dc.subject older en_US
dc.subject cancer en_US
dc.subject Internet en_US
dc.title The Wants and Needs of Older Cancer Survivors When Searching for Online Social Support en_US
dc.date.defence 2011-08-04
dc.contributor.department School of Health & Human Performance en_US
dc.contributor.degree Master of Arts en_US
dc.contributor.external-examiner Dr. Cameron Norman en_US
dc.contributor.graduate-coordinator Dr. Lynne Robinson en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-reader Dr. Lynne Robinson en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-reader Dr. Anita Unruh en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-reader Professor Lesley Barnes en_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisor Dr. Lynne Robinson en_US
dc.contributor.ethics-approval Received en_US
dc.contributor.manuscripts Not Applicable en_US
dc.contributor.copyright-release Not Applicable en_US


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