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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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S34-S40
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Volume31
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 26 2022

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