Online support of patients and survivors of cancer.
OBJECTIVES: To provide information on current use of a type of online support, Internet cancer support groups, by patients and survivors of cancer, and the factors that influence their usages. DATA SOURCES: The literature systematically searched and retrieved through the PUBMED, PsycInfo, and CINAHL databases. CONCLUSION: This literature review indicated five factors that influence the use of Internet cancer support groups (disease, background, cultural, need, and Internet use). IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Health care providers need to give careful attention to multiple factors that may influence the use of online support.
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