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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160302
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Online Support Groups for Ethnic Minority Cancer Patients
Abstract:
Online Support Groups for Ethnic Minority Cancer Patients
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2004
Author:Tsai, Hsiu-min, MSN, RN
Contact Address:927 E. 41St.- Apt. 5, Austin, TX, 78751, USA
Co-Authors:Li-Chen Lin, PhD(c), MSN, RN, Doctoral Student; Wonshik Chee, PhD, Assistant Professor; Eun-Ok Im, PhD, MPH, RN, CNS, Associate Professor
Although online support groups provide an excellent way to reach cancer patients in geographically dispersed areas, little is known about characteristics of online support groups for cancer patients, especially those for ethnic minority cancer patients. The purpose of this presentation is to analyze ethnic specific online support groups for cancer patients in the U.S. and make suggestions for the use of online support groups in nursing research. A feminist approach guided the analysis. By using a search engine, Yahoo.com, ethnic specific online support groups for cancer patients were searched. Key words used for the search process included online support group, cancer patient, African American, Asian American, and Hispanic. Through the search process, 950 websites were retrieved, and 147 among them were eligible for the analysis. Characteristics of the eligible online support groups were analyzed in terms of types of online support and ethnicity and gender of the members while giving a special attention to issues related to gender and ethnicity. The analysis indicated that six different types of online support provided by the online support groups: online discussion forums, online messages or bulletin boards, online chats, online stories, e-mail lists, and resources related to health information. Only 18 websites (12%) were found to be specific for ethnic minority populations although 147 websites were initially identified as ethnic specific online support groups through the search process. Only 35 websites (24%) were gender specific (21% for women only and 3% for men only). The findings strongly support gender and ethnic differences in member composition and patterns of interactions in the online support groups. The findings suggest that researchers use gender-specific and/or ethnic-specific recruitment strategies; researchers consider different types of online supports provided by the online support groups; and researchers be aware of issues related to gender and ethnic differences in online supports. Acknowledgements This analysis was conducted as a part of the study funded by the National Institute of Health (1 R01 NR007900-01A1).
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleOnline Support Groups for Ethnic Minority Cancer Patientsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160302-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Online Support Groups for Ethnic Minority Cancer Patients</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2004</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Tsai, Hsiu-min, MSN, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">927 E. 41St.- Apt. 5, Austin, TX, 78751, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Li-Chen Lin, PhD(c), MSN, RN, Doctoral Student; Wonshik Chee, PhD, Assistant Professor; Eun-Ok Im, PhD, MPH, RN, CNS, Associate Professor</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Although online support groups provide an excellent way to reach cancer patients in geographically dispersed areas, little is known about characteristics of online support groups for cancer patients, especially those for ethnic minority cancer patients. The purpose of this presentation is to analyze ethnic specific online support groups for cancer patients in the U.S. and make suggestions for the use of online support groups in nursing research. A feminist approach guided the analysis. By using a search engine, Yahoo.com, ethnic specific online support groups for cancer patients were searched. Key words used for the search process included online support group, cancer patient, African American, Asian American, and Hispanic. Through the search process, 950 websites were retrieved, and 147 among them were eligible for the analysis. Characteristics of the eligible online support groups were analyzed in terms of types of online support and ethnicity and gender of the members while giving a special attention to issues related to gender and ethnicity. The analysis indicated that six different types of online support provided by the online support groups: online discussion forums, online messages or bulletin boards, online chats, online stories, e-mail lists, and resources related to health information. Only 18 websites (12%) were found to be specific for ethnic minority populations although 147 websites were initially identified as ethnic specific online support groups through the search process. Only 35 websites (24%) were gender specific (21% for women only and 3% for men only). The findings strongly support gender and ethnic differences in member composition and patterns of interactions in the online support groups. The findings suggest that researchers use gender-specific and/or ethnic-specific recruitment strategies; researchers consider different types of online supports provided by the online support groups; and researchers be aware of issues related to gender and ethnic differences in online supports. Acknowledgements This analysis was conducted as a part of the study funded by the National Institute of Health (1 R01 NR007900-01A1).</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T22:48:51Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T22:48:51Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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