HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Study finds emotional benefits from participation in computer support groups

Women with breast cancer who participate in computer support groups can obtain emotional benefits when they openly express themselves in ways that help them make sense of their cancer experience, according to a new study conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center of Excellence in Cancer Communications Research (CECCR).

"Even though there are many women with breast cancer participating in online support groups, this is among the first research studies to demonstrate measurable benefits from participation in such groups," says Bret Shaw, lead author of the study, funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

The analysis was conducted on message transcripts from 66 breast cancer patients participating in an online support group member that was integrated with the "Living with Breast Cancer" program, a computer-based health education and support system. The patients were recruited from Madison, Chicago and Indianapolis.

Text messages within the computer-mediated support groups were analyzed using a text analysis program, which measured the percentage of words that were suggestive of learning or understanding (e.g., aware, feels, know, realize, see, think and understand). A higher percentage of these insightful words were associated with improved emotional well-being and reduced negative mood in follow-up surveys.

Earlier studies showed that women with breast cancer use online support groups because they can anonymously communicate with other breast cancer patients and also don't need to maintain a show of strength as may be required with family and friends. Additionally, there is the convenience of being able to communicate with other breast cancer patients as needed based on their own schedule.

"Computer support groups are often conceived of as places where people exchange information, emotional support and encouragement, but it's interesting that another possible benefit appears to come just from having the oppor
'"/>

Contact: Helene McDowell
608-262-1753
University of Wisconsin-Madison
22-Mar-2006


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Study, meta-analysis examine factors associated with death from heatstroke
2. Study says COPD testing is not measuring up
3. Study suggests loss of 2 types of neurons -- not just 1 -- triggers Parkinsons symptoms
4. Study reveals gaps in vaccine financing for underinsured children
5. Study suggests nonpharmaceutical interventions may be helpful in severe influenza outbreaks
6. Study shows radiofrequency ablation highly effective in treating kidney tumors
7. Study says normal but out-of-control enzyme may be culprit that signals some cells to become cancer
8. Study finds HIV protease inhibitor drugs may adversely affect the scaffolding of the cell nucleus
9. Study outlines how stroke, head injury can increase risk of Alzheimers disease
10. Study identifies new regulator of fat metabolism
11. Study shows Diachrome improves blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes

Post Your Comments:
(Date:9/1/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... September 01, 2015 , ... The Jerry ... at The ACE Club and Green Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill, PA. Over ... raised more than $13.5 million for programs and services designed to support patients and ...
(Date:9/1/2015)... , ... September 01, 2015 , ... ... the release of version 5.2 of the FirstSpirit Content Management System with new ... With the new version of FirstSpirit, companies will be well on their way ...
(Date:9/1/2015)... ... September 01, 2015 , ... The FSH Society , the Massachusetts-based charity ... (FSHD), will be the beneficiary of a collection of fundraising events this fall. From ... of the FSH Society and further FSHD research. , The list of ...
(Date:9/1/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... September 01, 2015 , ... ... and Qualification of Laboratory Instruments in accordance with GMP requirements“ , featuring Ed ... on October 6th, 2015 at 11:00 EDT (15:00 GMT). , Calibration, qualification, ...
(Date:9/1/2015)... York, NY (PRWEB) , ... September 01, 2015 ... ... that, to date, more than 1,500 investor-families have received permanent green cards (I-829 ... EB-5 projects. , The I-829 petition is the final step of the EB-5 ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:The 26th Jerry Segal Classic Returns to Benefit Patients of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital 2Health News:The 26th Jerry Segal Classic Returns to Benefit Patients of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital 3Health News:e-Spirit boosts Corporate Content Cloud initiative with release of FirstSpirit 5.2 2Health News:e-Spirit boosts Corporate Content Cloud initiative with release of FirstSpirit 5.2 3Health News:FSH Society Beneficiary of Variety of Fall Fundraising Events 2Health News:FSH Society Beneficiary of Variety of Fall Fundraising Events 3Health News:Live Webinar from Pharmaceutical Technology and METTLER TOLEDO on Calibration and Qualification of Laboratory Instruments 2Health News:CanAm Enterprises Reaches Another Milestone with More Than 1,500 I-829 Petition Approvals 2
(Date:9/1/2015)... , Sept. 1, 2015  Abbott (NYSE: ABT ... a multi-center, randomized trial comparing the safety and effectiveness ... ® , Abbott,s market-leading, permanent drug eluting stent. ... Japan and enrolled 400 people with ... disease. The results will be featured at a late-breaking ...
(Date:9/1/2015)... , Sept. 1, 2015  Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, ... today announced that its affiliate has entered into ... was granted an exclusive license to develop and ... IL-17 receptor monoclonal antibody in development for patients ... the agreement, Valeant will hold the exclusive rights ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... Pepperl+Fuchs, a world leader in process ... leading provider of HART protocol devices. The move ... its integrated solutions offerings and strengthen its position ... are pleased to add the MACTek WirelessHART product ... Bolin , Pepperl+Fuchs, executive vice president of the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Abbott Announces Positive Results of Its Naturally Dissolving Stent from ABSORB Japan Study 2Abbott Announces Positive Results of Its Naturally Dissolving Stent from ABSORB Japan Study 3Abbott Announces Positive Results of Its Naturally Dissolving Stent from ABSORB Japan Study 4Valeant And AstraZeneca To Partner On Brodalumab 2Valeant And AstraZeneca To Partner On Brodalumab 3Valeant And AstraZeneca To Partner On Brodalumab 4
Cached News: