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Information needs and information sources of family caregivers of cancer patients

Shih-chuan Chen (Department of Library and Information Sciences, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan)

Aslib Journal of Information Management

ISSN: 2050-3806

Article publication date: 11 November 2014




The purpose of this paper is to analyse the information needs of family caregivers of cancer patients. Information sources used by the caregivers were also examined.


We interviewed 15 family caregivers (nine females, six males) in Taiwan for this study. The participants were aged from 23 to 67 years, and all except two had attained college or higher degrees. Their relationships with patients included spousal, parental, and that of son or daughter.


Family caregivers’ information needs varied along the cancer journey, and they used various information sources to satisfy these needs. Demographic variables affected the information-seeking behaviour of the family caregivers.


The majority of studies on this topic have been based in western countries. This paper reveals the importance of considering cultural factors. The findings can assist researchers in gaining a greater understanding of the information-seeking behaviour of family caregivers of cancer patients worldwide.



Chen, S.-c. (2014), "Information needs and information sources of family caregivers of cancer patients", Aslib Journal of Information Management, Vol. 66 No. 6, pp. 623-639.



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