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:10/30/2014)... Tanaka and her research group at the DFG Research ... at the TU Dresden (CRTD) demonstrated for the first ... spinal cord in three dimensions from mouse embryonic stem ... dorsal interneurons along the dorsal/ventral axis was observed., This ... " Stem Cell Reports " on 30.10.2014 ., ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... Don Allred Insurance, a leading provider of home, ... Carolina residents, is excited to announce the Grand Opening ... The new branch has been up and running since ... facets of the insurance selection process from quote comparison ... couldn’t be happier with the timing of this Grand ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... October 30, 2014 Radio listeners who ... questions about the impact of traditional radio commercials and ... most likely to influence a purchasing decision. , Those ... 525 consumers conducted by radio marketing company CRN International. ... isolating the results of respondents who indicated they have ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... Dr. Joseph Furlin MD, a certified obstetrician and gynecologist, has ... GYN in Melrose Park, IL and OB GYN ... about each of the care services and practice areas that ... and Spanish. The navigation of the website is easy ... Dr. Furlin’s patients with important information regarding his care methods ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... The human brain is often overlooked ... to help maintain better mental health, according to Dr. ... Lose Your Memory in 100 Ways’ for just that ... conflicting attitudes to help keep the reader constantly thinking. ... must decipher the hidden logic within. , “If you ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Reconstruction of a patterned piece of spinal cord in 3-D culture 2Health News:Allred Insurance Satellite Office Grand Opening 2Health News:CRN Research On Radio Messaging Effectiveness Now Available In Four Specific Product Categories 2Health News:CRN Research On Radio Messaging Effectiveness Now Available In Four Specific Product Categories 3Health News:Dr. Joseph Furlin Launches New Website with Information about Care Services 2Health News:‘Dementia Express’ Offers Contradictory and Sometimes Reverse Thinking, All to Keep its Reader on Their Toes With an Active Mind. 2
(Date:10/30/2014)... SAN FRANCISCO , Oct. 30, 2014  Nektar ... financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, ... of U.S.-based financial markets. Howard Robin , president ... to review the results beginning at 5:00 p.m. Eastern ... The press release and a live audio-only Webcast of ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... 30, 2014 China Biologic Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... integrated plasma-based biopharmaceutical company in China ... third quarter 2014 financial results on Wednesday, November 5, ... Company,s management will hold a conference call at 7:30 ... is 8:30 p.m., Beijing Time on November 6, 2014, ...
(Date:10/30/2014)... 2014  CytRx Corporation (NASDAQ: CYTR ... in oncology, today announced an upcoming presentation highlighting ... aldoxorubicin.  The presentation, titled, "Drug Conjugates Bind Covalently ... by Sant P. Chawla , M.D., F.R.A.C.P., ... investigator of the Company,s ongoing global, pivotal Phase ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Nektar to Announce Financial Results for the Third Quarter 2014 on Thursday, November 6, 2014, After Close of U.S.-Based Financial Markets 2China Biologic to Report Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 2CytRx Announces Oral Presentation at 2014 Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium 2CytRx Announces Oral Presentation at 2014 Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium 3CytRx Announces Oral Presentation at 2014 Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium 4
Cached News: