Public information needs and attitudes regarding cancer and cancer patients in Oman: A cross-sectional survey

Mohammad Al Qadire, Omar Al Omari, Maryam Alharrasi, Sulaiman Al Sabei, Ma'En Aljezawi, Atika Khalaf

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Background: Exploring public information needs and attitudes towards cancer patients might be the first step in developing an intervention that encourages public engagement in early detection and cancer prevention programmes. 

Aim: To explore Omani public information needs and attitudes towards cancer in Oman. 

Methods: A cross-sectional survey design was used. 

Findings: Of the 569 participants, 369 (64.9%) were female; the mean age was 30.9 (SD=9.5) years. Of the participants, 94.4% wanted to be informed if they were found to have cancer in the future. The mean total attitudes score was 40.2 (SD=4.7) out of a maximum 48. Further, being employed, preferring to be informed about cancer diagnosis and having positive attitudes towards cancer and cancer patients predicted higher information needs.

Conclusions: The current paternalistic approach seems to be no longer appropriate for cancer patients in Oman, and more active patient involvement in decision-making is needed.

OriginalspråkEngelska
Sidor (från-till)S34-S40
TidskriftBritish Journal of Nursing
Volym31
Utgåva10
DOI
StatusPublicerad - 2022-maj-26

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