Supportive Care in Cancer

, Volume 17, Issue 10, pp 1277–1283 | Cite as

Cervical cancer patient information-seeking behaviors, information needs, and information sources in South Korea

  • Hang-In Noh
  • Jong Min Lee
  • Young Ho Yun
  • Sang Yoon Park
  • Duk-Soo Bae
  • Joo-Hyun Nam
  • Chong Taik Park
  • Chi-Heum Cho
  • Su Yeon Kye
  • Yoon Jung Chang
Original Article



The aim of this study was to explore the cancer information needs, utilization, and source preferences in South Korean women with cervical cancer.

Patients and methods

This was a multicenter descriptive study comprising 968 cervical cancer patients (stages 0–IVb; mean age, 55 years; response rate, 34.4% of those who agreed to participate) who had been treated from 1983 through 2004 at any of the six South Korean hospitals. The study data were obtained through a mail-in self-response questionnaire that asked about the patients’ cancer information needs, cancer-information-seeking behavior, information sources, and type of information needed. It also collected data about anxiety and depression.


Of the 968 cervical cancer patients, 404 (41.7%) had sought cancer information. When patients felt a need for information, their information-seeking behavior increased (overall risk = 4.053, 95% confidence interval = 2.139–7.680). Television and/or radio were the most frequently cited sources, and narratives about cancer experiences were the most easily understood forms of cancer information. More younger patients preferred booklets and pamphlets, while more older patients preferred television and radio. The most needed cancer information at the time of diagnosis and treatment involved diagnosis, stage, and prognosis while after treatment ended it involved self-care techniques.


Cervical cancer patients’ need of cancer information varied with age and treatment phase. These findings should help guide the development of educational materials tailored to the needs of individual patients.


Cancer information Needs Sources Cervical cancer patient Information seeking 



We thank the clinicians and patients who gave their time to the project. This study was funded by the National Cancer Center (grant nos. 0410030-2, 04101502, 0710190-2, 0860280-1).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hang-In Noh
    • 1
  • Jong Min Lee
    • 2
  • Young Ho Yun
    • 3
  • Sang Yoon Park
    • 4
  • Duk-Soo Bae
    • 5
  • Joo-Hyun Nam
    • 6
  • Chong Taik Park
    • 7
  • Chi-Heum Cho
    • 8
  • Su Yeon Kye
    • 1
  • Yoon Jung Chang
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Cancer Control, National Cancer CenterCancer Information and Education BranchGoyangRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of MedicineKyung Hee UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.Hospice Branch, Division of Cancer ControlNational Cancer CenterGoyangRepublic of Korea
  4. 4.Center for Uterine CancerNational Cancer CenterGoyangRepublic of Korea
  5. 5.Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Samsung Medical CenterSungkyunkwan University School of MedicineSeoulRepublic of Korea
  6. 6.Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Asan Medical CenterUniversity of Ulsan College of MedicineSeoulRepublic of Korea
  7. 7.Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kangnam Cha Hospital, College of MedicinePochon CHA UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea
  8. 8.Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of MedicineKeimyung UniversityDaeguRepublic of Korea

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