Factors Associated with Using Online Social Media among Patients with Breast Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy

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Sairung Prakobchit
Wiyada Wannasen
Sopit Tubtimhin
Sopittra Somharnwong
Rungsinoppadol Thotong

Abstract

Background and Objectives: Breast cancer is the fifth most common cause of death from cancer among women around the world. Breast cancer treatments may have many side effects in patients, such as hair loss, mouth sore, nausea, diarrhea and loss of appetite. The patients used online social media for searching the health information concerning their treatment. This study aimed to investigate the factors associated with online social media (OSM) used in breast-cancer patients (BP) receiving chemotherapy.


Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among breast-cancer patients receiving chemotherapy at Ubon Ratchathani Cancer Hospital, Ubon Ratchathani province during the period April to December 2019. Data were collected by questionnaires comprising socio-demographic characteristics, online social media usage behavior and an instrument to measure health-related quality of life. The obtained data were analyzed using descriptive and analytic statistics with a computerized statistical package.


Result: A total of 204 BP participated in the study; 43.63% had ever used online social media. The factors which were significantly related to OSM among BP included: patients over 60 years of age, secondary education level and occupation (p<0.05).


Conclusion:  Age, education level and occupation represent relate to online social media for breast-cancer patients. Therefore, health services authority should be taken the factors of age, education, and occupation to consider in providing information about breast cancer through the OSM, which are popular among breast-cancer patients, easy-to-understand information to meet the needs of patients.

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