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Self-help on-line: an outcome evaluation of breast cancer bulletin boards.

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Lieberman, MA; Goldstein, BA
Published in: J Health Psychol
November 2005

Many breast cancer patients find help from on-line self-help groups, consisting of self-directed, asynchronous, bulletin boards. These have yet to be empirically evaluated. Upon joining a group and 6 months later, new members (N=114) to breast cancer bulletin boards completed measures of depression (CES-D), growth (PTGI) and psychosocial wellbeing (FACT-B). Improvement was statistically significant on all three measures. This serves as a first validation of Internet bulletin boards as a source of support and help for breast cancer patients. These boards are of particular interest because they are free, accessible and support comes from peers and not from professional facilitators.

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J Health Psychol

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1359-1053

Publication Date

November 2005

Volume

10

Issue

6

Start / End Page

855 / 862

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Time Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
  • Social Support
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Self-Help Groups
  • Quality of Life
  • Public Health
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
 

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Lieberman, M. A., & Goldstein, B. A. (2005). Self-help on-line: an outcome evaluation of breast cancer bulletin boards. J Health Psychol, 10(6), 855–862. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105305057319
Lieberman, Morton A., and Benjamin A. Goldstein. “Self-help on-line: an outcome evaluation of breast cancer bulletin boards.J Health Psychol 10, no. 6 (November 2005): 855–62. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105305057319.
Lieberman MA, Goldstein BA. Self-help on-line: an outcome evaluation of breast cancer bulletin boards. J Health Psychol. 2005 Nov;10(6):855–62.
Lieberman, Morton A., and Benjamin A. Goldstein. “Self-help on-line: an outcome evaluation of breast cancer bulletin boards.J Health Psychol, vol. 10, no. 6, Nov. 2005, pp. 855–62. Pubmed, doi:10.1177/1359105305057319.
Lieberman MA, Goldstein BA. Self-help on-line: an outcome evaluation of breast cancer bulletin boards. J Health Psychol. 2005 Nov;10(6):855–862.
Journal cover image

Published In

J Health Psychol

DOI

ISSN

1359-1053

Publication Date

November 2005

Volume

10

Issue

6

Start / End Page

855 / 862

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Time Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
  • Social Support
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Self-Help Groups
  • Quality of Life
  • Public Health
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care