The Impact of Information Seeking Attitude---The Case of Breast Cancer Patients

Project: National Science and Technology CouncilNational Science and Technology Council Academic Grants

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In recent years, breast cancer has surpassed cervical cancer and has become the most common female cancer in Taiwan; the mortality rate was the fourth, according to the Bureau of Health Cancer Registry (2012). Breast cancer is common cancer for women, in recent years the number of diseased and dead has been rising recently. According to the National Department of Health statistics, breast cancer incidence and mortality rates increase every year. In addition to breast cancer patients face the physical pain, the psychological pressure, especially in the face of an uncertain future, let alone of their pain. Through this research we would like to know if breast cancer patients, breast cancer-related information-seeking attitudes will affect their quality of life indicators such as: Health Self-efficacy, Social Support……etc. This study includes of two main research topics: 1. Base on “Monitoring and Blunting” theory, try to understand the basis of breast cancer patients’ information seeking attitudes and their relevance to the quality of life. Will an aggressive/active attitude to find relevant information result in better results? 2. Another important research topic is to find the predictors, if any, to give us a better understanding of the information of breast cancer-related seeking attitudes and predictive factors (such as age, education level ... ... and so on) . The results of this study should be made available to medical institutions, health care provider, professionals, academics and related fields to better understand how breast cancer-related information seeking attitude related to quality of life. Health-care providers should help women with breast cancer or other people with serious chronic illnesses to provide the right amount of information which is regularly updated comprehensive and objective and impartial experts to help them cope with their disease.

Project IDs

Project ID:PB10207-1790
External Project ID:NSC102-2221-E182-042
Effective start/end date01/08/1331/07/14


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