This paper aims to investigate the effect of cancer patients’ information behaviour on their decision-making at the diagnosis and treatment stages of their cancer journey. Patients’ information sources and their decision-making approaches were analyzed.
Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 participants.
The cancer patients sought information from various sources in choosing a hospital, physician, treatment method, diet and alternative therapy. Physicians were the primary information source. The patients’ approaches to treatment decision-making were diverse. An informed approach was adopted by nine patients, a paternalistic approach by four and a shared decision-making approach by only two.
In practice, the findings may assist hospitals and medical professionals in fostering pertinent interactions with patients.
The findings can enhance researcher understanding regarding the effect of cancer patients’ information behaviour on their decision-making.
This study was supported by a grant from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan (102-2410-H-030-088).
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